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Teacher Talk Time


Teacher Talk

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:


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: