Accountable Talk

Great discussions don't just happen. The seeds have to be planted and nurtured to grow and blossom into respectful, meaningful exchanges. Here's a resource that models a strategy for class members, and instructors, that produces such discussions. A classroom video demonstrates the strategy and links provide templates for the sentence stems. Wow!

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video with your learning community as a professional development opportunity
  • Encourage school-wide adoption of the accountable talk strategy
Classroom Considerations

  • Although recommended for grades 6 through 12, the video features high schoolers modeling the process

  • Sentence stems provide models for how to ask questions and respond respectfully to the comments of others
  • The video models how to support opinions with reasons and evidence
  • The instructor models respectful treatment of class members

  • No link is provided to the discussion rubric referenced in the video