Making Use of the Third Turn in Teacher Talk
Effective teachers understand how to make strategic use of that language – the talk – as an instructional tool to shape learning opportunities for their students.
How can teachers leverage their talk as an instructional tool and create more opportunities for students to build new knowledge during instructional discussions?
When teachers practice uptake of students’ ideas, questions, or responses, the third turn becomes an engine for pushing students’ thinking forward and positioning students as agents in the learning process.
Thinking strategically about how we use our talk in the classroom helps us keep growing our instructional repertoire while continually improving our understanding of our students’ individual learning needs.