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.
Minutes of lesson
Q&A closed Q
Q&A open Q
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.