Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk that Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings

Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk that Fosters

Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk that Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings ❴Reading❵ ➽ Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk that Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings Author Jeff Zwiers – Polishdarling.co.uk Where would we be without conversation Throughout history, conversations have allowed us to see different perspectives, build ideas, and solve problems Conversations, particularly those referred to in Classroom Talk ePUB ↠ Where would we be without conversation Throughout history, conversations have allowed us to see different perspectives, build ideas, and solve problems Conversations, particularly those referred to in this book as academic conversations, push students to think and learn in lasting ways Academic conversations are back and forth dialogues in which students focus on a topic and explore it by building, challenging, and negotiating relevant ideasUnfortunately, academic conversations are rare in many classrooms Talk is often dominated by the teacher and a Academic Conversations: MOBI :ï few students, or it does not advance beyond short responses to the teacher s questions Even certain teaching approaches and curriculum programs neglect to train students how to maintain a focused, respectful, and thoughtful conversationTo address these challenges, authors Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford have identified five core communication skills to help students hold productive academic conversations across content areas These skills include elaborating and clarifying, supporting ideas with evidence, building on and or challenging ideas, paraphrasing, and synthesizing This book shows Conversations: Classroom Talk Epub ß teachers how to weave the cultivation of academic conversation skills and conversations into current teaching approaches More specifically, it describes how to use conversations to build the following Academic vocabulary and grammar Critical thinking skills such as persuasion, interpretation, consideration of multiple perspectives, evaluation, and application Literacy skills such as questioning, predicting, connecting to prior knowledge, and summarizing Complex and abstract essential understandings in content areas such as adaptation, human nature, bias, conservation of mass, energy, gravity, irony, democracy, greed, and An academic classroom environment brimming with respect for others ideas, equity of voice, engagement, and mutual supportThe ideas in this book stem from many hours of classroom practice, research, and video analysis across grade levels and content areas Readers will find numerous practical activities for working on each conversation skill, crafting conversation worthy tasks, and using conversations to teach and assess Academic Conversations offers an in depth approach to helping students develop into the future parents, teachers, and leaders who will collaborate to build a better world.


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10 thoughts on “Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk that Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings

  1. Ellie Ellie says:

    Academic Conversations Classroom Talk that Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings by Jeff Zwiers is built on the idea that some of the best learning that occurs for all of us happens in conversations and that a powerful way to improve student learning and increase transfer skills across curriculum and into life is through teaching the skills involved in engaging in conversations about content areas These conversations won t just happen and author Jeff Zwiers offers many strateg Academic Conversations Classroom Talk that Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings by Jeff Zwiers is built on the idea that some of the best learning that occurs for all of us happens in conversations and that a powerful way to improve student learning and increase transfer skills across curriculum and into life is through teaching the skills involved in engaging in conversations about content areas These conversations won t just happen and author Jeff Zwiers offers many strategies intended to foster the development of effective communication skills.A good conversation involves empathy, active listening, willingness to consider new perspectives, ability to use relevant language often content or discipline specific terminology , the patience to wrestle with deep questions and the ability to collaborate with others Teaching students the necessary language to conduct an effective conversation as well as how to listen actively and open one s mind to hear others perspectives and experiences as well as providing many opportunities to practice these skills is a challenge that can, if met, lead to deeper learning and understanding on the part of students than memorization or isolated learning can.The book provides many assessments and rubrics along with the strategies offered and is often inspirational It s a book I need to studycarefully and attempt to actually integrate into classroom practice although I admit I am very intimidated about doing so


  2. Melissa Espiritu Melissa Espiritu says:

    This book is helpful but it was a tedious read It could have been about fifty or so pages shorter The first two chapters focus on convincing the reader on why Academic Discourse and conversations are good for students But instead of feeling like it s setting a pedagogical framework for the rest of the chapters, it just feels like the writer s preaching to the choir Those two chapters are composed of a list of arguments that briefly outline the benefits of academic discourse The whole time y This book is helpful but it was a tedious read It could have been about fifty or so pages shorter The first two chapters focus on convincing the reader on why Academic Discourse and conversations are good for students But instead of feeling like it s setting a pedagogical framework for the rest of the chapters, it just feels like the writer s preaching to the choir Those two chapters are composed of a list of arguments that briefly outline the benefits of academic discourse The whole time you sort of feel like saying, Of course Why else would I pick this book up if I wasn t convinced that I needAcademic Discourse in my classroom After that, however, you do get to the good stuff They have tons of academic discourse activities to use for many different purposes It s almost dizzying trying to pick just a few to try out with your students Some chapters focus on general discussion skills students need to develop, which is great because you can adapt these strategies to any content area Then you get these awesome content specific chapters that help you find small was to squeeze in discussion strategies in areas of your content you would not have considered I do recommend this book, just skim the first chapter or two


  3. Ken Ken says:

    Don t you just love irony Our students talk, talk, talk sometimes to the point where teachers are begging them to keep quiet so they can get on already with the lesson There s the rub and also the irony , as our old friend the Bard would say Teachers could actually be channeling that energy by teaching something called conversational skills the kind used for academic and later, career purposes Hmn Now there s a thought What if talk is the lesson Academic talk instead of blah, b Don t you just love irony Our students talk, talk, talk sometimes to the point where teachers are begging them to keep quiet so they can get on already with the lesson There s the rub and also the irony , as our old friend the Bard would say Teachers could actually be channeling that energy by teaching something called conversational skills the kind used for academic and later, career purposes Hmn Now there s a thought What if talk is the lesson Academic talk instead of blah, blah, blah talk, I mean.This book, then, will teach you how to teach THEM to speak well intelligently The five core skills taught are to elaborate and clarify to support ideas with examples to build on and or challenge a partner s ideas to paraphrase and to synthesize conversation points The book provides lots of prompts and response stems Thus, if one student says a short story is awesome or boring, the skilled partner will immediately respond with a clarification prompt What do you mean when you say awesome Or if Partner B makes a wild claim, Partner A has learned enough about supporting ideas to say, Where in the text does that idea come from How sweet would it be to hear those words coming out of a student s mouth, eh Sugar plum sweet, I d venture.The book is full of activities, rubrics, advice, suggestions, formative and summative assessments, and all that good stuff It s a whole new world, really, one I hadn t given much thought to Zwiers favors pairs for this work and for good reason at all times, at least half of the students in the room are talking None of this riding coattails like you see with group discussions.It s not just a book for English teachers, either Zwiers dedicates entire chapters not only to ELA, but to history and science as well Good for grades 5 12, the ideas in this practical book, if adopted by an entire school, would pay off in a big way I guess by now you ve figured out that I heartily endorse this book I only wish it came out over the summer so I could get it up and running in September But hey, late November is better than May, right Right


  4. Dominic Dominic says:

    For all the practical ideas it boasts, Academic Conversations is a highly philosophical text Had I stumbled upon this book ten years ago, I doubt I would have been able to translate Jeff Zwiers Marie Crawford s ideas into tangible magic in the classroom But no worries for me now, considering that this book has fallen into my hands at this stage in my teaching my 13th year This book is a powerful challenge to pump up my student conversations particularly those with students who are not pr For all the practical ideas it boasts, Academic Conversations is a highly philosophical text Had I stumbled upon this book ten years ago, I doubt I would have been able to translate Jeff Zwiers Marie Crawford s ideas into tangible magic in the classroom But no worries for me now, considering that this book has fallen into my hands at this stage in my teaching my 13th year This book is a powerful challenge to pump up my student conversations particularly those with students who are not practiced even as juniors in high school in academic discussion It was a fine complement to my recent reading on critical thinking, and it left me with a ton of ideas So while some of these activities are questionably translatable to my classroom as they currently stand, the lightbulb at the core of each activity comes through loud and clear Now I am compelled to bend each activity to fit my students and my school On onenote, the lists of thinking skills, the sentence stems and model questions are invaluable


  5. Syd Lindblom Syd Lindblom says:

    Book 39 of 2016.Zwiers and Crawford weave philosophy, research, anecdotes, and activities together for a text that is fully accessible The bottom line is that students are often most engaged when they are conversing, and engagement leads to better learning This book backs this up with various studies and personal examples It provides useful rubrics and graphic organizers I loved that it has a chapter devoted to three different disciplines literature, history, and science as well as an ent Book 39 of 2016.Zwiers and Crawford weave philosophy, research, anecdotes, and activities together for a text that is fully accessible The bottom line is that students are often most engaged when they are conversing, and engagement leads to better learning This book backs this up with various studies and personal examples It provides useful rubrics and graphic organizers I loved that it has a chapter devoted to three different disciplines literature, history, and science as well as an entire one just about grammar.I don t know if we will use hand motions in my classroom, but this certainly gave me a clearer vision of how to assess my class s conversations


  6. Andrew Shipe Andrew Shipe says:

    I ve had this book for a few years because I ve always had some difficulty making class discussion work well After some feedback reinforcing that from my students this year, I decided to include Zwiers Crawford in my summer reading.Overall, the book was good, but the focus ison paired conversation than on group discussion I agree with the authors that paired conversation is an important activity to have your students master, and it can certainly be applied to small group and or project I ve had this book for a few years because I ve always had some difficulty making class discussion work well After some feedback reinforcing that from my students this year, I decided to include Zwiers Crawford in my summer reading.Overall, the book was good, but the focus ison paired conversation than on group discussion I agree with the authors that paired conversation is an important activity to have your students master, and it can certainly be applied to small group and or project based learning However, I did not get a lot of new strategies for group discussion, so I will be going back to Barry Gil s Speaking Volumes for that


  7. Kris Campea Kris Campea says:

    So far it s interesting I would love, however, to do this as a book study it s so frustrating trying to implement this into just my classroom when I know it s best practice.


  8. Nathan Nathan says:

    As a math teacher, there is a big part of me that says this is not my domain and that I am too busy to deal with that, what with all the demands of teaching my own content, not to mention what many would argue is the job of the social sciences instructors however, Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford have convinced me that I cannot ignore this any longer What s , they provide a clear argument that academic conversations will greatly improve student writing Although Zwiers work focuses primari As a math teacher, there is a big part of me that says this is not my domain and that I am too busy to deal with that, what with all the demands of teaching my own content, not to mention what many would argue is the job of the social sciences instructors however, Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford have convinced me that I cannot ignore this any longer What s , they provide a clear argument that academic conversations will greatly improve student writing Although Zwiers work focuses primarily on paired conversations, although throughout the book many types of large and small group discussions done in class The authors favor this because at least half the students in the room are talking at any one time, and no student can cruise whileoutgoing classmates do the heavy lifting.One minor critique of the work is what is defined as the five core skills elaborate and clarify support ideas with examples build on and or challenge a partner s ideas paraphrase and synthesize conversation points I am quick to pounce on any teaching book that is able to simplify something so complex to some key bullet points however, after reading this book you come away withthan just some activities for students to engage in but meaningful reflective techniques and habits to push your and your students thinking Academic Conversations offers practical strategies to promote deeper conversations about content information among students while strengthening their thinking and reasoning skills


  9. DeAnne Varitek DeAnne Varitek says:

    Then irony of how we operate our classrooms is that we generally spend a lot of time trying to get our students quiet I see a lot of teachers playing the educational equivalent of Whack a mole while they desperately try to teach or engage students in work The reality is that our students seriously lack communication skills in multiple levels This presents itself in many ways, including low literacy levels, disruptive school behaviors, and a disengagement in face to face interactions Our wo Then irony of how we operate our classrooms is that we generally spend a lot of time trying to get our students quiet I see a lot of teachers playing the educational equivalent of Whack a mole while they desperately try to teach or engage students in work The reality is that our students seriously lack communication skills in multiple levels This presents itself in many ways, including low literacy levels, disruptive school behaviors, and a disengagement in face to face interactions Our work has never beencritical in this area This book is a how to and a must for any 6 12 teacher of a humanities course Filled with concrete examples and the rationale behind the work, this book should be on every teacher s desk I see great implications for math, too


  10. Gina Smith Gina Smith says:

    Lots of practical ideas of how to bringproductive talk back into your classroom Rubrics are included so students know the expectations of what academic talk should sound like Ideas for posters to keep the conversation going I also found the chapter on grammar and vocabulary affirming this is something that I have known was so important , but I ve often put on the back burner This book changed how I will teach in the fall I wrote noes all over it it won t be sitting on a shelf


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10 thoughts on “Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk that Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings

  1. Ellie Ellie says:

    Academic Conversations Classroom Talk that Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings by Jeff Zwiers is built on the idea that some of the best learning that occurs for all of us happens in conversations and that a powerful way to improve student learning and increase transfer skills across curriculum and into life is through teaching the skills involved in engaging in conversations about content areas These conversations won t just happen and author Jeff Zwiers offers many strateg Academic Conversations Classroom Talk that Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings by Jeff Zwiers is built on the idea that some of the best learning that occurs for all of us happens in conversations and that a powerful way to improve student learning and increase transfer skills across curriculum and into life is through teaching the skills involved in engaging in conversations about content areas These conversations won t just happen and author Jeff Zwiers offers many strategies intended to foster the development of effective communication skills.A good conversation involves empathy, active listening, willingness to consider new perspectives, ability to use relevant language often content or discipline specific terminology , the patience to wrestle with deep questions and the ability to collaborate with others Teaching students the necessary language to conduct an effective conversation as well as how to listen actively and open one s mind to hear others perspectives and experiences as well as providing many opportunities to practice these skills is a challenge that can, if met, lead to deeper learning and understanding on the part of students than memorization or isolated learning can.The book provides many assessments and rubrics along with the strategies offered and is often inspirational It s a book I need to studycarefully and attempt to actually integrate into classroom practice although I admit I am very intimidated about doing so


  2. Melissa Espiritu Melissa Espiritu says:

    This book is helpful but it was a tedious read It could have been about fifty or so pages shorter The first two chapters focus on convincing the reader on why Academic Discourse and conversations are good for students But instead of feeling like it s setting a pedagogical framework for the rest of the chapters, it just feels like the writer s preaching to the choir Those two chapters are composed of a list of arguments that briefly outline the benefits of academic discourse The whole time y This book is helpful but it was a tedious read It could have been about fifty or so pages shorter The first two chapters focus on convincing the reader on why Academic Discourse and conversations are good for students But instead of feeling like it s setting a pedagogical framework for the rest of the chapters, it just feels like the writer s preaching to the choir Those two chapters are composed of a list of arguments that briefly outline the benefits of academic discourse The whole time you sort of feel like saying, Of course Why else would I pick this book up if I wasn t convinced that I needAcademic Discourse in my classroom After that, however, you do get to the good stuff They have tons of academic discourse activities to use for many different purposes It s almost dizzying trying to pick just a few to try out with your students Some chapters focus on general discussion skills students need to develop, which is great because you can adapt these strategies to any content area Then you get these awesome content specific chapters that help you find small was to squeeze in discussion strategies in areas of your content you would not have considered I do recommend this book, just skim the first chapter or two


  3. Ken Ken says:

    Don t you just love irony Our students talk, talk, talk sometimes to the point where teachers are begging them to keep quiet so they can get on already with the lesson There s the rub and also the irony , as our old friend the Bard would say Teachers could actually be channeling that energy by teaching something called conversational skills the kind used for academic and later, career purposes Hmn Now there s a thought What if talk is the lesson Academic talk instead of blah, b Don t you just love irony Our students talk, talk, talk sometimes to the point where teachers are begging them to keep quiet so they can get on already with the lesson There s the rub and also the irony , as our old friend the Bard would say Teachers could actually be channeling that energy by teaching something called conversational skills the kind used for academic and later, career purposes Hmn Now there s a thought What if talk is the lesson Academic talk instead of blah, blah, blah talk, I mean.This book, then, will teach you how to teach THEM to speak well intelligently The five core skills taught are to elaborate and clarify to support ideas with examples to build on and or challenge a partner s ideas to paraphrase and to synthesize conversation points The book provides lots of prompts and response stems Thus, if one student says a short story is awesome or boring, the skilled partner will immediately respond with a clarification prompt What do you mean when you say awesome Or if Partner B makes a wild claim, Partner A has learned enough about supporting ideas to say, Where in the text does that idea come from How sweet would it be to hear those words coming out of a student s mouth, eh Sugar plum sweet, I d venture.The book is full of activities, rubrics, advice, suggestions, formative and summative assessments, and all that good stuff It s a whole new world, really, one I hadn t given much thought to Zwiers favors pairs for this work and for good reason at all times, at least half of the students in the room are talking None of this riding coattails like you see with group discussions.It s not just a book for English teachers, either Zwiers dedicates entire chapters not only to ELA, but to history and science as well Good for grades 5 12, the ideas in this practical book, if adopted by an entire school, would pay off in a big way I guess by now you ve figured out that I heartily endorse this book I only wish it came out over the summer so I could get it up and running in September But hey, late November is better than May, right Right


  4. Dominic Dominic says:

    For all the practical ideas it boasts, Academic Conversations is a highly philosophical text Had I stumbled upon this book ten years ago, I doubt I would have been able to translate Jeff Zwiers Marie Crawford s ideas into tangible magic in the classroom But no worries for me now, considering that this book has fallen into my hands at this stage in my teaching my 13th year This book is a powerful challenge to pump up my student conversations particularly those with students who are not pr For all the practical ideas it boasts, Academic Conversations is a highly philosophical text Had I stumbled upon this book ten years ago, I doubt I would have been able to translate Jeff Zwiers Marie Crawford s ideas into tangible magic in the classroom But no worries for me now, considering that this book has fallen into my hands at this stage in my teaching my 13th year This book is a powerful challenge to pump up my student conversations particularly those with students who are not practiced even as juniors in high school in academic discussion It was a fine complement to my recent reading on critical thinking, and it left me with a ton of ideas So while some of these activities are questionably translatable to my classroom as they currently stand, the lightbulb at the core of each activity comes through loud and clear Now I am compelled to bend each activity to fit my students and my school On onenote, the lists of thinking skills, the sentence stems and model questions are invaluable


  5. Syd Lindblom Syd Lindblom says:

    Book 39 of 2016.Zwiers and Crawford weave philosophy, research, anecdotes, and activities together for a text that is fully accessible The bottom line is that students are often most engaged when they are conversing, and engagement leads to better learning This book backs this up with various studies and personal examples It provides useful rubrics and graphic organizers I loved that it has a chapter devoted to three different disciplines literature, history, and science as well as an ent Book 39 of 2016.Zwiers and Crawford weave philosophy, research, anecdotes, and activities together for a text that is fully accessible The bottom line is that students are often most engaged when they are conversing, and engagement leads to better learning This book backs this up with various studies and personal examples It provides useful rubrics and graphic organizers I loved that it has a chapter devoted to three different disciplines literature, history, and science as well as an entire one just about grammar.I don t know if we will use hand motions in my classroom, but this certainly gave me a clearer vision of how to assess my class s conversations


  6. Andrew Shipe Andrew Shipe says:

    I ve had this book for a few years because I ve always had some difficulty making class discussion work well After some feedback reinforcing that from my students this year, I decided to include Zwiers Crawford in my summer reading.Overall, the book was good, but the focus ison paired conversation than on group discussion I agree with the authors that paired conversation is an important activity to have your students master, and it can certainly be applied to small group and or project I ve had this book for a few years because I ve always had some difficulty making class discussion work well After some feedback reinforcing that from my students this year, I decided to include Zwiers Crawford in my summer reading.Overall, the book was good, but the focus ison paired conversation than on group discussion I agree with the authors that paired conversation is an important activity to have your students master, and it can certainly be applied to small group and or project based learning However, I did not get a lot of new strategies for group discussion, so I will be going back to Barry Gil s Speaking Volumes for that


  7. Kris Campea Kris Campea says:

    So far it s interesting I would love, however, to do this as a book study it s so frustrating trying to implement this into just my classroom when I know it s best practice.


  8. Nathan Nathan says:

    As a math teacher, there is a big part of me that says this is not my domain and that I am too busy to deal with that, what with all the demands of teaching my own content, not to mention what many would argue is the job of the social sciences instructors however, Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford have convinced me that I cannot ignore this any longer What s , they provide a clear argument that academic conversations will greatly improve student writing Although Zwiers work focuses primari As a math teacher, there is a big part of me that says this is not my domain and that I am too busy to deal with that, what with all the demands of teaching my own content, not to mention what many would argue is the job of the social sciences instructors however, Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford have convinced me that I cannot ignore this any longer What s , they provide a clear argument that academic conversations will greatly improve student writing Although Zwiers work focuses primarily on paired conversations, although throughout the book many types of large and small group discussions done in class The authors favor this because at least half the students in the room are talking at any one time, and no student can cruise whileoutgoing classmates do the heavy lifting.One minor critique of the work is what is defined as the five core skills elaborate and clarify support ideas with examples build on and or challenge a partner s ideas paraphrase and synthesize conversation points I am quick to pounce on any teaching book that is able to simplify something so complex to some key bullet points however, after reading this book you come away withthan just some activities for students to engage in but meaningful reflective techniques and habits to push your and your students thinking Academic Conversations offers practical strategies to promote deeper conversations about content information among students while strengthening their thinking and reasoning skills


  9. DeAnne Varitek DeAnne Varitek says:

    Then irony of how we operate our classrooms is that we generally spend a lot of time trying to get our students quiet I see a lot of teachers playing the educational equivalent of Whack a mole while they desperately try to teach or engage students in work The reality is that our students seriously lack communication skills in multiple levels This presents itself in many ways, including low literacy levels, disruptive school behaviors, and a disengagement in face to face interactions Our wo Then irony of how we operate our classrooms is that we generally spend a lot of time trying to get our students quiet I see a lot of teachers playing the educational equivalent of Whack a mole while they desperately try to teach or engage students in work The reality is that our students seriously lack communication skills in multiple levels This presents itself in many ways, including low literacy levels, disruptive school behaviors, and a disengagement in face to face interactions Our work has never beencritical in this area This book is a how to and a must for any 6 12 teacher of a humanities course Filled with concrete examples and the rationale behind the work, this book should be on every teacher s desk I see great implications for math, too


  10. Gina Smith Gina Smith says:

    Lots of practical ideas of how to bringproductive talk back into your classroom Rubrics are included so students know the expectations of what academic talk should sound like Ideas for posters to keep the conversation going I also found the chapter on grammar and vocabulary affirming this is something that I have known was so important , but I ve often put on the back burner This book changed how I will teach in the fall I wrote noes all over it it won t be sitting on a shelf


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