Productive Scientific Class Discussions

Our goal as student scientists is to follow a scientific investigation with meaningful, academically productive class discussion. This means that students put forth competing ideas explained in detail and supported with evidence. Students listen to each other carefully and respectfully.

Norms for Productive Discourse

  1. Talk that is focused on reasoning.
  2. Talk that is respectful.
  3. Talk that is equitable.

Examples of Talk Moves to Support a Productive Class Discussion

I agree with what ________ said, because…

I want to add on to what __________ said. I think that…

I disagree with ___________’s idea, because…

I have a connection to what __________ said…

Can you explain your thinking?

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