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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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  • Metacognitive Talk Guides Students to Discuss Their Thought Processes

    Students don’t always speak up in class unless they know the right answer. This strategy encourages them to talk as a way to create knowledge.
    Nina Parrish
  • Boosting Confidence With Student-Driven Math

    When teachers noticed a lack of autonomy in the math classroom, a switch to a student-centered curriculum bumped ownership of learning—and the kids' ability to talk about their problem-solving approach.
  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching Students to Work in Groups

    A strategy for giving students explicit feedback on group interactions promotes participation and collaboration.
  • Using Hand Signals for More Equitable Discussions

    Whether your class discussions are online or off, hand signals enable students to engage in multiple ways.
  • 4 Steps to Discussing Challenging Behavior With a Student

    Addressing students’ behavior can be tough, but it’s possible to approach them in ways that show compassion and help them feel ready to discuss the issue.
  • Promoting Student-Led Learning in Elementary School

    Giving students chances to make classroom decisions and manage discussions guides them to take agency in their learning.
  • Encouraging Shy Students to Speak Up in Class

    Advice for creating a supportive environment where shy students feel comfortable participating—from a teacher who was one of those students.
  • Using Effective Driving Questions in Science to Help Make Sense of the World

    Students can explore scientific principles using driving questions like ‘Why do I see so many squirrels but I can’t find any stegosauruses?’
  • Teaching Students How to Have Meaningful Conversations

    This crucial life skill improves with classroom practice—and many students may benefit from a refresher.
  • 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.
  • A Protocol to Encourage Robust Classroom Discussions

    This framework helps students find common ground when it comes to academics and social and emotional learning topics.
  • Teaching Students How to Have an Academic Discussion

    This teacher-created scaffolding tool can elevate classroom dialogue, empowering students to express themselves while learning from the ideas of others.
  • 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.
  • Guiding Students to Be Comfortable With Public Speaking

    Small steps can help high school students feel less anxious about speaking in front of an audience.
  • How to Tap Into Students’ Interests With a TED Talk Unit

    Creating a presentation about their interests can boost students’ engagement as they develop communication and tech skills.

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