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Have you ever wondered how to turn everyday classroom conversations into powerful insights that inform your teaching practice? Whether students are talking socially, academically, or to explore their curiosities through inquiry, we can use their classroom conversations to discover student needs. Join Natalie Mitchell for this hands-on, interactive workshop as we explore how classroom talk can be a powerful tool for formative assessment as well as strategies that support talk and help us gather important data on our students' thinking. Get ready to harness the power of classroom talk to gather real-time feedback on student understanding and drive instruction forward! Natalies’s expertise as a literacy consultant will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to implement strategies that allow you to listen, gather information on your students' needs, and then paraphrase those needs into short, actionable goal statements. 

This is workshop three of three for the series titled “Unlocking Student Potential: Harnessing the Power of Ongoing Formative Assessment in Teaching Practices.” 

Key Takeaways: 

  1. Explore effective strategies for leveraging classroom talk as a formative assessment tool, including questioning techniques, discussion protocols, and peer collaboration activities.  
  2. Learn how to create a supportive classroom culture that fosters open dialogue, active listening, and respectful communication, empowering students to share their thoughts and ideas freely.  
  3. Discover practical techniques for analyzing classroom talk to identify patterns, misconceptions, and areas of need, and for using that information to inform instructional decisions and interventions.  
  4. Gain insights into the importance of ongoing reflection and adjustment in using classroom talk as a formative assessment tool to support student learning and growth. 

Workshop Details: 

While we recommend that you attend all sessions of the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be attended as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on demand and earn up to three continuing education credits. 

Special Technology Instructions: 

Attendees will need access to an internet-enabled device and a personal Google account (not affiliated with their school). SimpleK12’s Google Classroom will be utilized for the interactive and hands-on components of this workshop.


Participants will have communication and collaboration and opportunities throughout the training to demonstrate their understanding of the workshop objectives and reflect on their learning.  

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