3rd January, 2019
Classroom management is very crucial because of the impact it has on students’ learning. However, there is so much emphasis on keeping the noise levels low in classes that the value of talk time is overlooked. Conversation in the classroom is a significant element of learning. The best international schools in Bangalore treat talk time with the importance it deserves.
Let us explore some reasons behind this practice:
When students get time to think and discuss the content they have learnt in class, it enables them to integrate this information into knowledge. This solidifies learning in their minds and increases the retention period of any learning that takes place in class.
Students benefit from observing how their peers understand and think about a concept or use language around a specific topic. At times talking to a partner and not a whole group or an educator feels more comfortable and safer to children, especially the quieter ones.
Students need time in order to have meaningful academic conversations as this involves some trial and error. Talk time in the class gives them the opportunity to use specific language and explore specific topics that the opportunity to use specific language and explore specific topics that they otherwise may not have the chance to discuss outside of the classroom.
For educators, providing a safe learning environment for students is among high priority goals. Guiding students to practice their oral language skills with other students enables them to form relationships with one another and strengthens the classroom community.
Teachers can add depth and structure to classroom discussions. They can facilitate conversations that promote the development of oral skills.
Here are a few ways in which teachers can make space for learning conversations in the classroom:
The benefits of purposeful conversations in the classrooms are undeniable. The best IGCSE schools in Bangalore adopt this teaching practice and are a testament to its merit.
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