ACTIVITIES FOR CLASSROOM TALK

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<ol><li> 1. Activities for classroom talk Jamlick Bosire </li><li> 2. What makes a good classroom talk activity? A good talk activity is one which is purposeful. </li><li> 3. What considerations do you think help in planning a good classroom talk activity? Whenever you decide on a talk activity you need to have some factors in mind. These considerations are presented in diagrammatic form below. </li><li> 4. Talk activity Teacher role Introduction Goals Assessment Nature of the task </li><li> 5. Goals: You need to think about what the purpose of the activity is. Nature of the task: You need to think at the task it self and how it will support your goals. Introduction: Think how you will introduce the activity. </li><li> 6. Teachers role: You need to think about the actual performance by the pupils during the activity. How will you ensure that the activity flow? Assessment: Now think of how you will monitor the activity. During the activity, and even after it, you need to monitor and assess how your pupils are doing. </li><li> 7. Mrs. Karomon wanted the pupils to learn about capacity. She brought to KG3 classroom the following items. a.Three 2 litre containers b.Three 3 litre containers c.A debe full of water d.Three empty plastic basins She then asked the pupils to measure seven litres of water and put them in the plastic basin How could Mrs. Karomon have planned this lesson according to the talk cycle. Activity 1. </li><li> 8. Answer Goals: The goals of the lesson would be: To involve the pupils in a talk To encourage all to participate To learn out practical activity To encourage the pupils to collaborate. </li><li> 9. Nature of task: The task was that the pupils work in groups and find a way to measure the water. Teachers role: Mrs. Karomon planned that she would Ask the pupils to discuss the possible ways of measuring the amount of water. Ask them to work in groups of six and actually measure the water. Ask them to explain what they were doing Ask for feedback at the end of the lesson </li><li> 10. Assessment: Mrs. Karomon wanted to see if: The pupils talked freely among themselves They worked collaboratively They enjoyed the activity They had the appropriate vocabulary N/B: the starting point is always the pupils interest. </li><li> 11. Why do we need to increase interaction and pupils engagement? Makes our pupils accountable pupils retain more with greater depth when they interact with the content in meaningful ways Allows pupils the opportunity to explore content and language on their own Provides opportunities for pupils to pupils interaction to help pupils develop language skills Promotes an environment of academic risk taking Teaches pupils structure, responsibility, and deadlines </li><li> 12. How can you assess your classroom talk activities? 1. Observation As the children work ask yourself: i.Are the children talking? ii.Are there children who contribute? iii.Do the children appear interested? iv.What are they saying to each other? </li><li> 13. Interaction in my classroom 2. Questioning You can ask the pupils questions to: 1.Check their understanding 2.Prompt correct response 3.Probe into further thought 4.Find out how the activity went 5.See their language development </li><li> 14. Pupils Engagement Misconceptions I have too much to get through. I dont have time for my pupils to interact with each other. Pupils never stay on topic when they are talking to each other. It becomes chaotic. I am dummying down my content if I have the students talk about it. I dont teach language in my class. In my class they do. When I have pupils talk or call on them randomly, it causes them anxiety. I cant do that to them. Groups just dont work. Interaction means I have to do silly games. </li><li> 15. End </li></ol>