What Makes Great Conversation?

When was the last time you were involved in a quality conversation? What characteristics distinguished it from other conversations you have had? We have all been part of company that lost our attention because the conversation was very one-sided. An exchange that...

Academic Dialogue in the Mathematics Classroom

As we work to prepare our students for the Common Core Mathematics Standards, I am continually reminded that the focus needs to move away from the teacher and shine on the student. Academic Dialogue is one way of focusing on the student. It allows students to talk...

Passionate Discourse

All people need to be involved in passionate discourse every once and a while. This gets the heart pumping, the blood moving, oxygen flowing and the brain functioning at higher levels. Shouldn’t students be involved in this type of activity? In recent months the oil...

Academic Dialogue

Academic Dialogue isn’t the teacher asking questions and then calling on students one at a time.  Students need to publically communicate their ideas and work to help each other as well as respond to the teacher. Creating a community of learners is the key to rigorous...