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Effective Group Talk

The materials in this resource are from the Secondary National Strategy ‘Progressing to Level 6 and beyond in science’ project. They were intended for science teachers who are focusing on helping their students in developing skills in effective group talk.

The Effective group talk teacher guidance file provides strategies for teachers using appropriate resources and should be read first - in conjunction with the Effective group talk steps table document. Both documents provide a breakdown of each key skill, with suggested strategies for moving students from one level, or ‘step’, to the next. These levelled skills are also presented in the Group talk pupil speak sheet so that students can assess their own progress and plan what they could do to improve.

Other general guidance focuses on the strategies and rules for organising effective group talk:

* Golden rules for effective group talk – advice on what needs to happen before and during the lesson in order for an effective group talk to happen.

* Group work strategies explained and Strategies for organising group talk - detailed explanations of a number of strategies and their suitability for different kinds of group talk.

The teacher and classroom resources are grouped into those that are intended to help students progress between different steps on the steps table:
* Mainly for Steps 1 to 2 – including graphical organisers (e.g. fishbone, compare and contrast) and simple self assessment and other grids (e.g. KWL, Plus-Minus-Interesting, Quads grids).
* Mainly for Steps 2 to 3 – including ideas for more interactive lessons (e.g. collective memory, hot seat) as well as bookmarks and placemats for student reference in lessons.
* Mainly for Steps 3 to 4 – including further self assessment materials and examples of ‘Easy Democs’ lesson plans and classroom resources.

There are additional materials to help clarify for students their role in some types of group work, and to support the teacher in indicating to a whole class when to talk and when to listen:
* Group talk cards
* Traffic lights slides

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