Student-Centered Learning Environments in
ELA & Social Studies
System-wide PD
Fall 2015

English Language Arts

Begin by watching an introductory video from your K-5 ELA Curriculum Specialist, Eboni Massey.

Part 1: Student-Centered Environments:
Using "Accountable Talk" to Bring Literacy to Life

What is Accountable Talk®?

Click on pic for a copy of the Accountable Sourcebook.

Use these questions to guide your thinking during this session. Directions are written in orange.

Essential Question:
How can Accountable Talk® help you foster a student-centered learning environment where students are meaningfully using collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity?

Why should I use Accountable Talk in my classroom?

Take a moment to compare and contrast these two diagrams and think about the questions that are included.

How do I use Accountable Talk® in my Classroom?

Click on the first video entitled, “How to Use Accountable Talk - Teach Like This” and answer the embedded questions. There will be questions during the video for you to answer. If you find that you have some time before your partner is ready, check out the link at the bottom of the Tacck to learn more about Accountable Talk. Record your thoughts for Video #1 on your think sheet.

What does Accountable Talk® look like in action?

Now, it's time for you to look at it in action. The following video will show you one way accountable talk can look in the classroom. Use the section for Video #2 on your think sheet to record evidence of talk moves for accountable talk.

Use your notes and the talk moves listed on the anchor chart above or below to share what you observed during the discussion in the previous video. Each person will need to share equally. Try to incorporate talk moves from at least 3 sections.

How do I begin incorporating Accountable Talk®?

This video shows examples of the teacher's role with helping students learn how to participate in discussions using accountable talk. Click on the link below to access the video. There are questions for you to answer as you watch the video. Discuss the questions found in section for Video #3 on the think sheet after viewing the video.

Revisit the "Question of the Day", in writing and share your response with your group.

How can Accountable Talk help you foster a student-centered learning environment where students are meaningfully using collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity?

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Part 2: Student Centered Learning in Social Studies