Me and my teacher friend started using Talk Moves (our name for it is Talkie Talk!) a couple of years ago.  At first, we were both thinking what is this crazy stuff but after we started using Talkie Talk we LOVED it!  I hope you learn a lot from this post.

What are Talk Moves?

Teachers are always asking questions but do we ask good questions? Questioning skills are very important to student learning and teachers must practice and hone this skill. Talk Moves focus on the math classroom; however, they can be adapted to other subjects too.

Talk Moves support mathematical thinking. The format of Talk Moves provide different ways to organize student conversations and ideas which create a classroom where respect and participation are valued as norms.

The Five Talk Moves

The teacher prompts students to answer a question.
Example: “Would someone like to add on?”

Wait Time:
The teacher gives the students ans adequate time for students to think about the question before asking for an answer.
Phrases for wait time would be: “Take your time…” or “We’ll wait…”

The teacher asks a student to clarify or summarize what another student just said.
An example would be, “So you’re saying…”

The teacher ask a student to restate what another student just said to ensure that students are engaged and listening closely to each other.
An example would be, “Can you repeat what he/she just said in your own words?”

Apply Reasoning:
The teacher asks students to evaluate or critique what another student just said.
Example: “Do you agree or disagree and why?”

Talk Moves Growth Checklist

Try to encorporate at least one Talk Move into your class each week. If you do not have a Talk Moved mastered, do not try a new Talk Move. Give yourself time to master each questioning technique.

Checkbox  Week 1 – Help Individual Students Share, expand and Clarify Their Own Thinking

    • Time to Think
    • Say More
      • Can you say more about that?
      • What do you mean by that?
      • Can you give an example?
    • So, Are you Saying…?
      • So, let me see if I’ve got what you’re saying. Are you saying…? (always leaving space for the original student to agree or disagree and say more)

Checkbox  Week 2 – Help Students Listen Carefully to One Another

    • Who Can Rephrase or Repeat?
      “Who can repeat what Javoin just said or put it into their own words?”
      (After a partner talk) “What did your partner say?”

Checkbox  Week 3 – Help Students Deepen Their Reasoning

    • Asking for Evidence or Reasoning
      • Why do you think that?
      • What’s your evidence?
      • How did you arrive at the conclusion?
    • Challenge or Counterexamples
      • Does it always work that way?
      • How does that idea square with Sonia’s example?
      • What if it had been a copper cube instead?

Checkbox  Week 4 – Help Students Think with Others

    • Agree/Disagree and Why?
      • Do you agree/disagree? (And why?)
      • What do people think about what Ian said?
      • Does anyone want to respond to that idea?
    • Add On
      • Who can add onto the idea that Jamal is building?
      • Can anyone take that suggestion and push it a little further?
    • Explaining What Someone Else Means
      • Who can explain what Aisha means when she says that?
      • Who thinks they could explain why Simon came up with that answer?
      • Why do you think he said that?


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