Two-Way Conversation

Four conversational levels set the mark for target speaking skills among young scholars. Designed to take place throughout every school day, peers are encouraged to hold an on-topic conversation using appropriate turn-taking and follow social cues. Daily practice leads the way to less teacher intervention and observation allowing speakers to communicate freely at their coordinating level. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have a notebook readily available with a tab for each pupil, take notes of observations made during conversations for use during Parent-Teacher conferences and Special Education meetings
  • Write down several relatable discussion topics, randomly choose one to begin two-way communication
  • Send a letter home to parents and guardians explaining the importance of speaking skills and the outcomes you are looking for in this process, offer them guidance and tips for their child to practice having a conversation with family members   
Classroom Considerations
  • Some learners may not feel comfortable speaking with their peers, conduct collaborative learning activities to calm nerves and create a welcoming environment
  • Reference pupils' IEPs and 504 plans to confirm needs are being met using appropriate teaching strategies  
Pros
  • The lesson instills important life skills for today and in the future
  • Boosts positive peer interaction 
  • Strengthens bonds and inspires friendship
Cons
  • None