Thursday, May 23, 2019

Classroom Talk Focus

I wanted to see what was going on in my classroom with my inquiry group in terms of the balance of the talking during a lesson.
I was very lucky this week as Nicola Wells, our across schools CoL teacher, came into my class to take note of things as they went along.

Nicola came up with a chart to use in the class where types of talk could be ticked off as they happened. I asked that off-task talk from the students and teacher be added on.

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Minutes of lesson
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Lecture/Modelling


















Instructions


















Conferencing/ED


















Q&A closed Q


















Q&A open Q


















Student-led Q


















P2P Q


















P2P ED


















Behaviour talk


















Off task talk - Students


















Off task talk - Teacher



















ED (extended discussions)

P2P (peer to peer)


Nicola did not find this easy to use as the lesson progressed so she wrote down what happened when.






I then read all of her notes and tallied the instances of talking.
While doing the notes and tallies, Nicola noticed that there was a type of talk we had not included, so it was quickly added onto the bottom. This type of talk was "self talk".




Extra notes from Nicola while she was observing :-
  • Approaching one of the students silently led him to speak first. This happened twice.
  • Conferencing open ended questions V ideas and options that are close ended.
  • Self talk / narration happens often, split between thinking out loud and commenting on own , abilities / efficacy
  • One student concentrated the entire time
  • Off-task teacher talk not often but built relationships / humour / possibly modelled the self talk they do.

What I found interesting from the results :-
  • There is a lot of ticks in "conferencing" - this is when I am talking one to one with the students about their work. I thought I did a lot of this and it is nice to have it confirmed by someone else
  • I didn't realise there was so much self talk going on, from both the students and me. I need to key onto some of this and make sure the self talk is positive.
  • A lot of the off-task talk involved me - no surprises there for me.
  • Nice to see they are talking to each other quite a bit about their work and they are helping and encouraging each other.
  • I need to open up my questioning style much more to encourage more open thinking.