Building Blocks

Student Talk Time


Student Talk

Student Talk helps students process their learning, gather and share information, practice new skills and concepts, and build connections with others in the class (Mulvalhill, 2018). Increases in Student Talk are often associated with increases in student engagement (Gewetz, 2019). Blodgett (2014) made the case that “(t)he one doing the talking is the one doing the learning,” and we want our students to be doing the learning, right?

Looking for some ideas about how you can increase Student Talk time?

Try one of these techniques in your next lesson:


Blocks of Student Talk

Blocks of Student Talk typically occur when students are talking among themselves, sharing ideas, and working through concepts. During blocks of Student Talk, both students and teachers can gain valuable insight into students’ level of engagement and what they do and don’t understand.

Looking to make blocks of Student Talk more effective as learning experiences?

Make sure your students:


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What if the Student Talk is off topic?


What if the Student Talk is actually getting in the way of learning?

What if the Student Talk is actually getting in the way of learning? There are a variety of strategies for managing disruptive Student Talk: