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