Speaking in Class

Managing Classroom Talk

Talking is (ideally!) thinking. Managing whole-class talk with its specific nuance and rhythms is perhaps the greatest of skill of any literature teacher. As whole-class talk can imbue learning with social and emotional significance, expert and responsive management of such talking is fundamental to any teacher. 

Here I will demonstrate methods of managing such talk and questioning, linking hopefully to established theory and providing video exemplars. 

Half-Term

Half-Term

I spoke recently about how each term has its own distinct rhythm. The last term is the final term in the school year. The finality of Year 11 exams means that the immediate pressure is off, and that lessons invariably wind down somewhat. This doesn't mean, of course,...

Half-Term

Half-Term

I spoke recently about how each term has its own distinct rhythm. The last term is the final term in the school year. The finality of Year 11 exams means that the immediate pressure is off, and that lessons invariably wind down somewhat. This doesn't mean, of course,...

Script for Spoken Language

Script for Spoken Language

Chair Person - introduces the group. Jim, John, Gill, - says that they will introduce their poems, argue which one should be the flagship one for their anthology, and, finally, what the title should be. Says that all will have their roles in addition to their...

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