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Three Processes for Teaching Purposeful Talk

Authentic, purposeful talk is, by nature, unpredictable, but your teaching doesn’t have to be.  (continue reading)

Engaging With Compelling Ideas

If children are to develop as a learning community, they must believe that their efforts to engage with each other and with ideas matter.  (continue reading)

Four Ways to Engage with Eachother

To learn together, children need to figure out how to live in the confined space of a classroom, developing processes that enable them to navigate their environment, and each other, with care, respect and trust.  (continue reading)

Visualizing Purposeful Talk

Creating a visual image of a process as dynamic in nature as purposeful talk is challenging at best. But visuals are incredibly helpful for both internalizing the process, and pushing against misconceptions.  (continue reading)

On the Podcast: Understanding Purposeful Talk with Maria Nichols

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, we’re joined by author Maria Nichols. In her new book “Building Bigger Ideas: A Process for Teaching Purposeful Talk,” Maria drives home the growing importance of purposeful, face-to-face communication.  (continue reading)

The Importance of Purposeful Talk

Talk has a purpose—and that purpose is to tackle the unknown—to strategize, to innovate, to problem-solve, to construct understanding. This use of talk “in the wild” frames the “why” behind purposeful talk in the classroom—our rationale for designing teaching and learning that’s dialogic in nature.  (continue reading)

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