I’m a strong believer in students talking about what they’ve learned from informational texts. Good conversations about nonfiction have the potential to –
- increase students’ understanding of texts,
- help students clarify their thinking,
- help students expand their understanding,
- build bridges to stronger writing.
But a critical component is teacher support. Without teacher support, even our best students sometimes have low level, little-thinking-required conversations. Not conversations that build meaning and understanding of content.
More thoughts on what I’ve been working on in my own practice soon.