Talk detectives

So lets think a little more about talking about talk and how we can teach the children the skills for doing this. Once children have become aware of a skill that you have taught you can then further develop this skill by encouraging the children to see the skill in conversations and discussions for themselves. This will deepen their understanding of the skill.

One such way to do this is to use talk detectives. The idea of this is to send a couple of children around the class with a clipboard and a few areas from the Oracy Framework to focus on. They will be encouraged to sneak around the class and listen in to discussions noting down when they see good examples of the things on their clipboard.

Take a look at the example of a talk detectives sheet below.

This can be used as a powerful tool to understand what makes effective discussion.

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