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Who's Doing the Talking? Achievement in a Student-Centered Classroom

The Science behind Student Engagement

As part of the compendium of best practices, the idea that the person doing the talking is the person doing the learning seems counter-intuitive. Yet, that is exactly the case. When students are required to put their thoughts into words, to communicate their ideas to someone else, they are actually internalizing the learning as they struggle to make their emerging thoughts clear. The question, "Who's doing the talking?" is a gentle reminder that students must be actively involved and mindfully engaged in the learning experience for authentic learning to occur. They must be doing the majority of the talking in the classroom. They must dialogue with peers, articulate their ideas in small groups and express themselves clearly in front of the entire class. In turn, these oral language skills translate directly into written language skills.

It is prudent to remember that, not only does oral language precede written language, but oral language also provides the cognitive rehearsal for the written word. When someone can say something in his own words, he clarifies, crystallizes and conveys the essence of his thinking process and ultimately, he owns the abstract idea in a more concrete way.

Objectives /Outcomes: Participants will:
- Learn How to Increase Student Achievement
- Practice Ways to Enhance Self-Esteem
- Help Students Transfer Life Lessons

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