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Communication Skills

Prepare students for academic and life success by helping them develop their listening, speaking, writing, and digital media skills.

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  • A Discussion Protocol for Group Learning Experiences

    High school teachers and students can use a theater-based strategy to cultivate curiosity and engagement in class.
    Olivia Karaolis
  • The Masked Teacher

    While face coverings present barriers to easy communication, educators can build a rapport with students by being deliberate in their interactions.
  • Using Hand Signals for More Equitable Discussions

    Whether your class discussions are online or off, hand signals enable students to engage in multiple ways.
  • Teacher works with young children to take apart a computer.

    How Learning Happens

    In this video series, we explore how educators can guide all students, regardless of their developmental starting points, to become productive and engaged learners.
  • How to Give Positive Feedback on Student Writing

    If your corrective feedback is very detailed but your positive comments are quick and vague, you may appreciate this advice from teachers across the country.
  • What to Say Instead of ‘I’m Proud of You’

    A few phrases middle and high school teachers can use to cultivate conversation while celebrating student achievements.
  • Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher on the Benefits of Peer Writing Groups

    In this excerpt from ‘4 Essential Studies,’ Kittle and Gallagher explain why they have student writers work together from across the country.
  • 3 Essential Tools to Foster Students’ Oracy Skills in the Early Grades

    Teachers can help young learners develop their oral language skills with a few simple efforts prioritize to speaking and listening in class.
  • Using the Socratic Method In Your Classroom

    Students can sharpen their critical thinking and communication skills by answering a series of focused questions on their reading.
  • How a Simple Presentation Framework Helps Students Learn

    Explaining concepts to their peers helps students shore up their content knowledge and improve their communication skills.
  • Introducing Upper Elementary Students to Academic Discourse

    With a little support, young learners can pick up the skills necessary to conduct successful classroom discussions.
  • Ending Project-Based Learning Units With a Call to Action

    Generating a call to action for their audience can give students a sense of agency and have a big impact outside the classroom.
  • Using Oral History Projects to Boost SEL

    When middle and high school students listen to each other tell their stories, they build stronger relationships—a key part of social and emotional learning.
  • 5 Reasons to Use TV Commercials in World Language Classes

    Using commercials with storylines in the target language is a fun way to immerse students in the culture they’re studying.
  • A Key Skill for World Language Learners

    The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages regard presentation communication skills as being essential. Here’s how to meet those standards with engaging activities.

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