Today during our CILM (Collaborative Inquiry into the Learning of Math) we recognized that students were having trouble 1.understanding problems
2. creating a plan and
3. clearly communicating their understanding and plan.
With the help of our resource teacher, Adam Bell, we looked at some of the talk moves and came up with a plan. Later though, I needed to know more so I was looking up accountable talk and found this:
which I really liked. That then led me to thinking that one of the most effective ways I can get students to talk is to stop talking so much myself. So... drum roll please... for the next eight school days, I'm going to secretly (at least a secret from my students) limit myself to no more than 100 words per class. My theory of action is If I talk less and encourage my students to "tell us more" they will talk more. Wish me luck. I will be using no more than 100 words per class.