After a term of working with me on Productive Talk, I asked teachers what the impact has been on their classes. Here are some of their responses:
More children are able to respond to teacher questioning.
Children’s talk is clearer.
Children are more enthusiastic about pair talk.
Children are more engaged, alert and attentive.
Talk is more focussed and of higher quality.
Children are talking to and challenging each other – not always through the teacher.
Children are more confident to talk.
Less shouting out.
Children who don’t normally talk are starting to.
Much better, more in depth answers.
Not always the same children dominating.
Children getting better at working with all their peers.