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Three videos below!1. Cathy O'Connor describes the academic benefits for students and the professional challenge for teachers.2. Seven teacher "talk moves" to support academically productive talk.3. How to begin using using talk moves in the classroom.ACADEMICALLY PRODUCTIVE TALK

We know that promoting classroom discussion and talk that have certain features can result in particular kinds of academic benefits, such as improved word knowledge. Rich teacher-student discussion also supports the development of students’ reasoning and supports their abilities to express their reasoning. Using discussion or ‘academically productive talk’ (APT) during your Word Generation session provides you with opportunities to model processes for deriving information from a text as well as creating reasonable hypotheses about the meaning of unknown words. Using discussion in the classroom also provides a mechanism for connecting new words to prior knowledge and experience.

The WordGen TeamDevelopment of Word Generation was led by Catherine Snow (Harvard University) through a SERP collaboration with the Boston Public Schools and other districts in Massachusetts and Maryland. Support for Word Generation was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education through grant numbers R305A090555 and R305F100026. The information provided does not represent views of the funders.
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ACADEMICALLY PRODUCTIVE TALK

We know that promoting classroom discussion and talk that have certain features can result in particular kinds of academic benefits, such as improved word knowledge. Rich teacher-student discussion also supports the development of students’ reasoning and supports their abilities to express their reasoning. Using discussion or ‘academically productive talk’ (APT) during your Word Generation session provides you with opportunities to model processes for deriving information from a text as well as creating reasonable hypotheses about the meaning of unknown words. Using discussion in the classroom also provides a mechanism for connecting new words to prior knowledge and experience.