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Chalk Talk

Management in the Active Classroom

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Seventh-grade students in Lisa Zeller's class at World of Inquiry School in Rochester, New York, engage in a Chalk Talk protocol, which allows them to have non-verbal "discussion."

In this video, students and teachers are engaged with a protocol/engagement strategy from EL Education's grades 3-8 ELA curriculum.


Type

Videos

Grade Level

Discipline

Seventh-grade students in Lisa Zeller's class at World of Inquiry School in Rochester, New York, engage in a Chalk Talk protocol, which allows them to have non-verbal "discussion."

In this video, students and teachers are engaged with a protocol/engagement strategy from EL Education's grades 3-8 ELA curriculum.


Transcript

- The protocol that I used in my classroom today is Chalk Talk. It is a discussion protocol that allows every student in the classroom to be heard.

- I like the Chalk Talk idea of us being able to comment silently on whatever we wanted to. The good thing about it is that everybody got a voice and we each got to put our ideas out.

- I thought that it was less time-consuming because if everybody wanted to share it would take the whole class time.

- Everybody gets to say what they want to say without talking over each other or a person not getting a chance to say anything.

- I not only have the students answer the questions but I have them comment back to each other. That’s important too with the Chalk Talk. Whoever wrote this comment, they might not have felt comfortable in doing so in a verbal discussion but they were able to in the Chalk Talk.

- That one person got to fix that other person’s mistake instead of everyone correcting that person and putting that person on the spot.

- I was able to put many stars and question marks on people’s papers.

- [Lisa] So they may star something that they agree with, question mark something they don’t understand, or write an actual comment and that allows for a conversation between students where they may be able to deepen their understanding or push each other’s thinking without me.

- [Student] It’s really helpful to get everyone’s idea out ‘cause everyone has a voice.

- Okay, two more minutes. The goal of Chalk Talk is to put students in the driver’s seat so that they’re learning with each other instead of just with me. Alright, if you have not made it back to your seat yet please do so. At the end of my lesson it’s important for me to look at each of these posters. I’ll take a look at what students wrote, specifically any misconceptions that I’m seeing and that’s what I’ll focus my future lessons on. I wanted to be able to hear all of your opinions which normally doesn’t happen if we have a class discussion. And if you look on the board I’m gonna review all the information and determine the next steps for our learning tomorrow. I thank you so much today.

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