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Using Discourse With High School Science Students

High school students love to talk. Covering topics from music to memes, the hallway conversations are always lively. But when students enter the classroom, they suddenly have nothing to say. I believe it’s because students don’t know how to talk science. Recently, I have analyzed productive discourse among students, and what I have found confirms […]

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Science Class: A Place Where Children Should Be Seen and Heard

I recently observed a lesson about how shadows change throughout the day, and I was fascinated by the amount of time the teacher and the class took to listen to and watch one another as they discussed the data. The careful structuring of time for analyzing data in small- and whole-group discussions gave students confidence […]

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Beginning the year with a plan to support science talk

Calling on experienced teachers—what do you advise new teachers to do to establish routines that support discussion, especially discussion where children share their ideas and evidence for those ideas? Discussion can happen in small groups, with an individual or at a circle time.

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Science talk in Philadelphia at the NSTA national conference

Science talk between students (not teacher-to-student)—is that possible? We learned how to get started at Kathy Renfrew’s session, NSTA  Science Talk: A Tool for Making Meaning, on Thursday. Kathy was an engaging and generous presenter, sharing the floor with participants who had experiences to share. We practiced science talk in a circle (see photo), deepening our understanding of […]

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