Enhancing classroom conversation for all students

Goldsmith, William
April 2013
Phi Delta Kappan;Apr2013, Vol. 94 Issue 7, p48
The article looks at the value of engaging English language learner (ELL) students in classroom discussions to improve critical thinking skills. Information is provided on a teaching method known as Think, Pair, Share (TPS) in which students discuss a teachers question with a partnered classmate before participating in a class-wide discussion. Other topics covered include holding students accountable for their participation, asking open-ended questions, and establishing a randomized systems for calling on students to share their opinions.


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