We know that student learning is enhanced when there are many opportunities for students to elaborate on ideas through talk. In this section of the website you will find some instructional structures and strategies such as a workshop model, collaborative learning and inquiry-based learning, that have been shown to be particularly effective in promoting the kind of talk that supports learning.
One simple but powerful change to the classroom is to use questioning techniques that include everyone.
Try this simple cooperative learning technique instead of the more traditional way of asking questions. Ask a question, give students time to think about their answer and then share it with a partner. Everyone is engaged. Think-Pair-Share encourages individual participation and is applicable across all grade levels and class sizes.
No Hands Up Rule
Organize the Classroom
Encourage Active Listening