“Turn and Talk” for Everyone – Free Resources
by Sarah Smith, M.S., CCC-SLP
Across our school district many of our teachers use Accountable Talk®, “turn and talk”, “think, pair, share”, etc. to promote student engagement, understanding, and accountability. According to the Accountable Talk® Sourcebook (University of Pittsburgh, 2010), “Talking with others about ideas and work is fundamental to learning…All students have a right to engage in Accountable Talk® discussions, not just the ‘best and brightest,’ nor only those who are struggling in school.”
For some of our students, “turn and talk” can be difficult. Not only does “turn and talk” involve discussing content but it also involves the social skills of conversation. Here at Rashkis Elementary School, our team used visual supports and Peer Mediated Instruction and Intervention, described in The Power of a Peer by Jordan Lupton M.S. CCC-SLP, to make “turn and talk” more accessible for all students.
Here are our visuals: this download includes leveled flip books designed for the peer and the targeted student to take them through the steps of a “turn and talk.” Enjoy!
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