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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.

  • Using Social Justice to Promote Student Voice

    Preteen students can gain confidence in their ability to navigate complex topics by using intersectionality to investigate social issues.
    Lorena Germán
  • Starting Critical Thinking and Collaboration Early

    Even the youngest students can collaborate productively to push each other’s learning through a protocol that introduces peer feedback.
  • How to Set the Stage for Challenging Classroom Discussions

    Creating a safer space for students to engage with controversial topics starts with shared norms like “assume best intentions” and “show respect and courage.”
  • Using Hand Signals for More Equitable Discussions

    Whether your class discussions are online or off, hand signals enable students to engage in multiple ways.
  • Creating a Schoolwide Culture of Critique

    A framework called six thinking hats helps students learn the essential skill of giving and receiving feedback.
  • Bringing Number Talks to the Online Classroom

    Elementary school teachers use number talks to guide students to engage deeply with concepts, and they can work online, with a little creativity.
  • The Power of Short Writing Assignments

    Brief writing prompts and responses help students in any discipline.
  • 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.
  • Building Relationships Through Letter Writing

    Corresponding with students via snail mail is a good way for teachers to foster trust anytime—but especially when everyone is physically distanced.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Participation Cards

    A quick formative assessment tool also encourages all students—even shy ones—to participate in discussions.
  • Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
  • Morning Meetings: Building Community in the Classroom

    Starting the day with this 15-minute activity helps students regulate their emotions and focus on the day’s learning.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Equity Sticks

    Looking for a simple way to ensure all voices are heard in your classroom? Try equity sticks.
  • 60-Second Strategy: 7-Minute Writes

    Looking for a simple way to get your students writing? Try a low-stakes timed exercise.
  • Using Comics to Teach the 4 Cs

    When students read comics or create their own, they have an opportunity to develop their creativity, critical thinking, and communication and collaboration skills.

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