Dr. Allen Mendler, author of the following article, observed a 3rd grade classroom with posted conversation "rules." He was surprised at first but after visiting middle school classrooms he recommends that those rules be posted for this age group also. Why? Could be many reasons....but he states that learning to listen and talk have fell by the wayside in lieu of other other behaviors and what students see and do on a daily basis.
Read the article to find 8 tips for speaking and listening. Excellent! We will have wonderful academic conversations if these tips are followed.
Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation. Dr. Allen Mendler. 11.5.13. Edutopia