Talk Moves in Math Class: Great for Guided Math Groups

Posted on December 27, 2011. Filed under: Classroom environment, Common Core, Elementary math, Math is a Language | Tags: , , , , , |


Accountable talk is one of the linchpins of student achievement.  We move learning forward by having students engage in meaningful conversations.  Accountable talk is more than just having students answer questions or talk with each other randomly.  It means that students are accountable to each other’s thinking and reasoning.  It means that students are accountable to whether the conversation makes sense and when it doesn’t it means that students actively participate in clarifying the conversation.

Teachers facilitate this talk through a series of moves that can be categorized.  “Seemingly straightforward conversations can be leveraged to become authentic checks for intelligibility, coherence, engagement, and participation” (O’Conner & Ford O’Conner). Talk moves keep the conversation going smoothly and in a way that maximizes the learning. When children are working in small guided math groups, they have a greater opportunity to talk and learn.

Here is a great website that has videos and commentary about Accountable Talk.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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