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The Teacher Tip

Use Tools to Help you Listen to Talk in Your Classroom

September 10, 2018

Adapted from Teaching Talk by Kara Pranikoff

If you’re interested in working on talk in your room, the first step is to listen. All listening involves some level of bravery (it’s never easy to listen to yourself) and routine. It’s the only way to really know what is being shared and how the moves you make as a teacher are affecting student thought in your classroom. You need to find a
way to save conversations and collect artifacts of your talk for assessment and reflection.

Try this:
You may not have the luxury of having a colleague who can help you record the conversation in your room or look through a transcript with you. Don’t let that stop you from really listening to the talk in your classroom. A video recorder can rest quietly on a table in your classroom, unobtrusive, to be reviewed at a later time. The smartphone you carry in your pocket can be an ally. Many good recording apps are available that let you push a button and create your transcript while listening to the audio later. Begin experimenting to find the way that works best for you.

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