Friday, May 15, 2009

Turn and Talk

I heard Peter Block speak this morning at a local leadership conference. In his keynote he used elements we use in readers workshop...including turn and talk!

He didn't call it that. He just said, "Find two people you don't know and and turn to face each other. Ask each other, 'Why are you here today?' and 'What about what I've said has meaning for you?'" He wrote the questions on the overhead to keep us focused. The room buzzed for 15 minutes.

I was tickled that a famous keynote speaker was using comprehension strategies to engage us. Turn and talk allows everyone in the room to have voice. It allows us processing time. It allows us to hear from our peers. And it holds us accountable for our own learning.


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