Thursday, February 5, 2015

Accountable Talk

Happy Friday, everyone!

I'm so excited to share a friend's awesome creation with you today! I'm linking up with several talented teachers and we all have ideas to share! Yahoo!

I tried out a cool Accountable Talk tool made by Kristin over at The Therapeutic Teacher.

So are y'all using the Accountable Talk strategy in your classrooms? Here's a quick link from ASCD that provides some information about this valuable classroom practice. And here's another link with additional information about Accountable Talk procedures. I'm a fan!

I've been using Accountable Talk in my classroom for a few years! It's powerful! I love helping my young students learn to communicate and interact in meaningful ways that increase their learning. During Accountable Talk, students learn more and help their classmates more by engaging in academic conversations about all kinds of topics.

Sweet Kristin made these awesome little signs that students can use. My students, though not new to the Accountable Talk procedures, loved this tool that we used for discussing their opinions.

The signs were simple to create. Kristin recommended printing the signs in color, and I completely agree! I printed in red and green, colors frequently used in my room for materials to indicate stop/go, no/yes, different/same... so they were perfect for I disagree/I agree! (Her product includes two other signs, as well, but I haven't tried them... yet!)

After I printed the signs, I was ready to laminate... and I have a little trick to share. Rather than laminate the regular way, I placed two signs back to back and stuck them through the machine. Knowing that I'd be cutting the signs apart and then gluing them back to back... I wanted a way to keep one side of each sign un-laminated (the glue sticks better!) After the pages went through the machine, I cut the edges and peeled them apart. Then, I cut the squares and hot glued them onto jumbo craft sticks.

The first day I used the signs, I used them with these questions.

I gave the students an opportunity to practice using the Agree/Disagree signs and responding to each others' opinions and ideas. Students got the hang of it right away, and I have to say that the signs really helped students focus on listening to their partners and getting ready to respond. After all, they had to decide whether to show the "I agree" side or the "I disagree" side!

The second time we used Kristin's cool cards, we used them during a Common Core reading lesson. We read a piece of text together, and students discussed the author's point of view or opinion on the topic. Then students had to decide whether they agreed with the author of the text or disagreed. I then grouped students by "agree" and "disagree" so that they could solidify their opinions and reasons for their opinions. Finally, students wrote about the topic, clearly stating the author's point of view and their own point of view, and how they were the same or different. This directly addresses Language Arts Standards in Literature and Informational Text: RL.3.6 and RI.3.6! Boom!

Bravo, Kristin, and thanks so much for sharing! I look forward to using the "Agree" and "Disagree" signs over and over. My students had tons of fun, and the signs made it easy for them (and me!) to quickly see their opinions.

Check out lots of other great ideas in this fun link-up!

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