This Accountable Talk Interactive Bulletin Board serves as a “hub” in your classroom where students can practice engaging in high-level academic discourse.
The social media-inspired hub is called “AccountableTalk.com.” Each student has their own page on the bulletin board, and their page displays their profile picture in their best thinking pose. Whenever students come up with a question, idea, or thought as they are reading, writing, or having a discussion in class, they can “post” their thinking on a sticky note underneath where it says “What is Your Brain Brewing?” Students can read their other classmates’ posts, and they are able to “post” responses on sticky notes. A response can be a comment, an answer to a question, a question asking about the post, etc. You can provide opportunities for students to use their written discourse as jumping-off points for verbal discussions with one another. You may also choose a few posts to “feature” every so often and use them as starting points for whole-class discussions. Most times the subjects of the posts are driven by the students, but sometimes you could provide students with a specific topic or question that relates to something you’re currently learning about. Everyone posts what their brain is brewing about the same topic. This accountable talk hub will become a definite hot spot in your classroom!
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