Teacher Talk facilitates sharing new information, providing clarification, crafting context, and offering guidance and support. Typically, the more new content or skills a lesson covers, the more Teacher Talk may be necessary. However, the general goal is to have a balance of Teacher Talk and Student Talk (Hattie, 2012).
Looking for some ideas about how you can reduce Teacher Talk time and increase Student Talk time?
Here are some links to get you started:
Limiting “Teacher Talk,” increasing student work!
How to reduce the amount of Teacher Talk
Blocks of Teacher Talk
Blocks of Teacher Talk generally indicate giving instructions, telling a story, or explaining a concept/task. During blocks of Teacher Talk, student participation may be limited, so attention and engagement are more likely to decrease over time.
Looking to break up blocks of Teacher Talk during your lesson?
Try integrating one of these techniques into your next lesson plan:
Take time to ask questions
Try a Think/Pair/Share or one of these variations
Let students take over some of the teaching responsibilities
Integrate an activity with your Talk that requires Students’ close attention (e.g., dictation)
Why do teachers talk so much?
Why do teachers talk so much? There are a variety of reasons that Teacher Talk can take over a lesson.
Talking can provide a sense of control over what is happening during a lesson.Why is this control important? What might happen if the students had that control?
Controlling the Talk in a lesson gives the speaker power over the difficulty and direction of the discussion.Giving students more Talk Time can help them “struggle productively” and explore the ideas that engage them about the material.
What are your concerns about having less Teacher Talk during a lesson?