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Academic Conversations

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Nicole Whiteside

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Transcript of Academic Conversations

DEMONSTRATION of MASTERY
Conversations in the classroom demonstrate communication behaviors, higher-order thinking skills, academic language proficiency, content understandings.

STEPS for Summative Assessment
1. Rubric for Evaluation
2. Topic/Prompt
3. Practice (Formative)
4. Observation (Formative)
5. Written Synthesis
Academic Conversations
What is an academic conversation?
Exchanges between people who are trying to learn from one another and build meanings that they didn't have before.
Can I be successful at implementing this in my classroom?
Create a Culture
Five Core Skills of Academic Conversation
Let's Talk!
What does it look like?
Discuss the Purpose
Students take more ownership of ideas and learning.

Students are trusted to work hard and stay focused.

Maybe include some of the research.

Model what a conversation is and is not.
Academic Language
-Anchor chart of examples and non-examples

-REFER TO THIS... it is NOT a one time use poster.
Vocabulary
Literacy Skills
Oral Language
Communication Skills
Critical Thinking Skills
Model
-Have students practice and model, or show good and bad conversations.

-Have a select few make a video about it.
Establish Norms
Continue to add new norms to your anchor chart- THIS IS A LIVING DOCUMENT.
Examples:
-We listen to each other
-We share our own ideas explain them
-We respect one another's ideas
Fosters Creativity
Cultivates Connections
Builds Relationships
Cultural Relevance
Engagement and Motivation
Inner Dialogue and Self-Talk
Choice and Ownership of Thinking
ADVANTAGES of ACADEMIC CONVERSATION
Academic Identity
Self-Discovery
Elaborate and Clarify
Support Ideas with Examples
Paraphrase
Build On and Challenge a Partner's Idea
Synthesize
Turn and Talk
-How do you plan on implementing this?

-What will it look like in your classroom?

Let's Plan!
Take a look at your own TEKS... Intentionally plan for implementation in your classroom!
Ask us questions!
Nicole Whiteside
Julia O'Kelly

Fears and Anxieties?
Where can I find more examples and info?
Language Arts
SAMPLE PROMPT:

Which words in the text stood out to you?

Why do you think they were important?
Social Studies
SAMPLE PROMPT:

Was this author or artist biased?

What does this mean for us today?

How did they feel during that time period?
Math
SAMPLE PROMPT:
How is this concept used in different careers?

What can this data mean?
Science
SAMPLE PROMPT:
What evidence supports our hypothesis?

What evidence disproves our hypothesis?

What information don't we need?
Examples
Kid Snippets
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