Students are naturally inquisitive, but sometimes it can be hard to encourage this in the classroom. In this classroom the teacher embraces a question and thought from a student. In particular, the teacher takes the inquisitive question from the student and warmly throws it back at the class for them to debate. He gives the class space to discuss in pairs what the student said and then re-directs the lesson towards answering this challenging question that had been posed by the student.
This is an urban, public school. Watch out for how the teacher:
- Embraces students’ curiousity
- Sets an open-ended problem
- Recognises student work and encourages students to share their ideas
How do you organise classroom talk in your own classroom?