“Talk and Tell” 9.12.16

For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Also, this will not be proofread, so hopefully you will not judge, but rather have a better understanding of my journey as an educator and person.

This year a new activity was added to my library plans – “Talk and Tell!” The goal of this activity is to get students talking about what they already know as an individuals. By doing this, it creates a safe environment for students to speak about topics they enjoy, while at the same time, giving others the opportunity to learn from their peers. 

Today, I gave students the option of talking about the following:
……. favorite food
……  favorite place
……  favorite subject
……. or any knowledge you want to share to others

Lots of students threw their hands in the air so their voice could be heard. There were conversations about pizza, New York, math, pets, and where they went this past summer. This activity lasted about 12 min. I thought this would be hard to incorporate this into my library time, but it has been an easy transition. The students enjoy hearing one another, as well as sharing their own thoughts.  Each student spoke, while the other students waited for their turn. I didn’t get all of the students to share, but I do believe I had all of the students on task. Students were able to ask each other questions about topics, which gave the students the chance to be the “experts” instead of the teacher. At the end of the day, my mind was working about other topics that I could squeeze into this time period. It worked great.

An activity of this nature will create growing opportunities to teach and help students make good decisions while in a group. Well, that is what I think will happen eventually. I will still have my fingers crossed because I know the novelty will wear off sooner than later.


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