Speaking & Listening

Collaborative academic discussion can transform a classroom.  Indeed, research indicates that when students regularly speak and listen to their classmates about the meaning of complex texts, the result is improvement in higher-order reading and writing skills as well as increased academic engagement. Speaking & Listening: Higher-Order Thinking through Daily Academic Discussion presents a set of instructional practices and tools that have enhanced the literacy skills of students who were once lagging behind in high school.

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This document provides an overview of the premise for targeting enhanced literacy skills to promote higher-order thinking for students who have lagged behind in high school. The document also provides background and context for the pilot school Metropolitan Diploma Plus High school and the impact work done by the staff on this focus area has had.

This document discusses the pedagogical foundation for using text-based critical thinking and active listening as key instructional strategy for helping students achieve Common Core and other learning outcome proficiencies.

This document provides an overview of the speaking & listening and writing rubrics accompanied by use guide for teachers with four different classroom applications: using rubrics to set expectations; using rubrics to select focus skills and increase complexity; using rubrics to sequence skills and guide lesson planning; and using rubrics to give fe...

This document provides an overview of the Student-Led Discussion Stems accompanied by a modeling template and a use guide for teachers for modeling and activity-based integration in their classrooms. These stems help students and teachers by providing a scaffold for building higher-order thinking skills in speaking, listening, and writing during d...

This document provides an overview of using the student participatory tool of self-monitoring accompanied by a sample completed form and a use guide for teachers to integrate the tool into regular class discussion. The self-Monitoring Worksheet helps students to set goals and self-assess their performance during a discussion at the beginning and e...

This document provides an overview of using the student participatory tool of self-monitoring accompanied by a sample completed form and a use guide for teachers to integrate the tool into regular class discussion. The self-Monitoring Worksheet helps students to set goals and self-assess their performance during a discussion at the beginning and e...

This document provides an overview of conditions within the school framework which support successful implementation of this focus area of work to improve student performance outcomes. The document also includes the appendices which contain templates of speaking and listening rubrics; writing rubrics; student-led discussion stems; discussion self-...

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