As you know encouraging and facilitating effective group talk is central to establishing a healthy classroom.
The problem is that efforts to do so can often become clunky, ornate and therefore ineffective.
Working at a school with a discrete Oracy curriculum has led me down many an avenue of structured student talk. Something simple that I’ve stuck with along the way is the A – B – C:
A = Agree
B = Build
C = Challenge
In a discussion, students should decide which of these they are doing before the next contribution. This keeps conversations purposeful, but avoids overly baroque frameworks and sentence stems. I use this routinely in group discussion, or as a protocol to develop more thoughtful contributions in student-led debate.
Do you agree? Or build? Or challenge?
Yours, in teaching,