Monday, February 8, 2010

Different Types of Talk

I have observed various forms of talk in my classroom. Every morning my CT or one of the 402 students reads a book to the class. After the book is read students have the opportunity to ask a question or say a comment. The students are allowed to say whatever they want and my CT does not facilitate any discussion questions herself.

Another type of talk I have observed is when the students do their morning journal on Monday's they brainstorm ideas as a class and my CT writes them on the board. This helps students who may have a hard time remembering what they did the previous week. This also lets those students who actively always want to participate to have a productive way to participate in class.

There are a few students in the class that have a problem with blurting out. These students need to be scaffold on how to participate productively in a conversation. There are also a few students who are ESL learners. You can not tell by listening to some of them speak but it is more evident in reading.


  1. I really like the brainstorming idea your CT uses, it allows the students to find their own words, and gives them a chance to talk through their memories or ideas.

  2. I favor your CT’s different types of talks. Sometimes students are discouraged to talk in the classroom but having to own their free talking moment provides the students their freedom to discuss anything about the book. The listening students may gain new ideas from the discussion as well. Moreover, my kindergarten classroom also has many students blurting out comments during class discussion in which some of the students’ understandings in the materials are difficult to observe. Therefore, it seems essential to keep order in the classroom as much as possible through going over the rules of discussion or else the students may continue their misbehaviors.