Keeping students engaged is an essential ingredient to managing classroom behaviors. Encouraging discourse in the classroom supports students in paying attention to one another and the material being presented or discussed. It also provides more opportunities for student voice and contributions to the learning of everyone. The use of “Talk Moves” can support students’ focus and boost participation, as they are called upon to either repeat, add-on, or give a silent signal of agreement or disagreement. Examples of each are given below or watch the video clip to see them in action.
Repeating – “Joe, can you explain what she just did up there on the whiteboard?”
Adding on – Teach students to be ready to clarify or expand on answers given, such as, “I’d like to add on to what Jasper said.” Teachers can also call on individual students to respond, for example, “So what do you think, Jasmine, about what she said?”
Silent signal – Students are taught signs to designate they are in agreement (or not) with what was shared by another student (i.e. I Agree = make a fist, extend thumb and pinky, and
Source: Improving Participation With Talk Moves, https://www.teachingchannel.org/video/student-participation-strategy