Turn & Talk

 

Turn & Talk (sometimes referred to as Think-Pair-Share) is an instructional strategy that provides a space for students to share

their thinking. As a class, expectations for Turn & Talk need to be defined, modeled, and practiced. Students can sit EEKK (eye to

eye, knee to knee – I’ve also seen this as elbow to elbow) in order to pay full attention to each other. This type of purposeful

talk is also referred to as accountable talk. Teachers need to have some sort of consistent signal that brings students back to the

group.
Here is an example of an anchor chart that serves as a visual reminder for Turn & Talk expectations:
Here is an example of an anchor chart that serves as a visual reminder for Accountable Talk:

Below is a short video of a teacher using Turn and Talk. As you can see from the video, it is a quick way to informally assess

students’ level of comprehension during a lesson. As you watch the video, notice how the teacher has already taught a universal

signal that the students use to let her know they are finished with their discussions. After the video, you will do the assignment

on the next page.

 

Assignment instructions
The role of the Twitter Expert is to access Twitter and complete the following:
1. Read tweets from professional organizations such as: International Literacy Association (ILA), Texas Education Agency

(TEA), and Teachers of English of Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) regarding professional communication about diversity,

equitable classroom learning environments, and/or involving the community.
2. In one paragraph, summarize what you read.
3. If you were to senda brief tweet to the professional organization of your choice that is related to diversity, equitable

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classroom learning environments, and/or involving the community what would you tweet them?