Talk like a book

Don’t accept one word answers! Ever!

If you ask ‘what is the name of the quadrilateral that has one pair of parallel sides?’, don’t accept ‘trapezium’ as the answer. Expect a sentence! ‘Trapezium is the name of the quadrilateral that has one pair of parallel sides’. Do this repeatedly until it is classroom culture and habit.

A simple way of promoting literacy in the classroom.

Taken from the excellent book Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov, recommended to me by Bruno Reddy.

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  1. Raelynn Kershner says:

    I have a simple procedure in my classroom- always answer word problems in complete sentences. (By “word problems” I mean any problem expressed in a context, rather than asking for a computation. “Find the mean of 35, 87, and 92” is not a word problem while “What is Brian’s mean score if his papers so far have been marked 35, 87, and 92?” is.) It’s difficult to get every student on board, but once the habit is developed, it’s great reinforcement for the ELA department.

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