Discursive Strategies:
Think About… Talk About…

These words are found repeatedly throughout the inquiries. The same words are used but they act as a signal to teachers that a period of reflection is needed for a variety of reasons.

Think about… Talk about… gives students and teachers an opportunity to:

  • surface current thinking
  • check for understanding
  • uncover difficult vocabulary
  • do some critical thinking
  • apply new learning
  • try a conversational discursive strategy to support student discussion
  • reflect on past thinking to note changes and incorporate new learning
  • conduct a formative assessment
  • decide on next learning directions

Teachers are the best judges of what the period of reflection should entail. The ideas listed are a starting point to support their professional decision making.

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Discursive Strategies