Common Core Training Day 2

      I survived a second day of Common Core training. We learned so much today, I think my head may explode. Our first topic of the day was Accountable Talk. Accountable Talk is talk that seriously responds to and further develops what others in the group have said. Students engaged in Accountable talk follow the following indicators: 

  • Students actively participate in classroom talk
  • Students listen attentively
  • Students elaborating and building on each other's ideas
  • Students work to clarify or expand a proposition
  • Students support their ideas with evidence from the text

    A lesson with Accountable Talk would start with a close reading of a text. Then the teacher will pose a problem or question about the text. The students will then take over the conversation. The teacher would not share her opinion on the subject, they would only help continue the conversation by using Accountable Talk stems such as:

  • Could you clarify your statement...?
  • I do not understand, could you tell me more about...
  • My evidence is...
  • On page__, it says...
  • I can connect this to...
  • I want to add to...
  • I want to build upon...
  • I would like to tie into what______just said...
  • I want to respectfully disagree with_______...
  • I agree with______...

    I found an excellent video with an example of Accountable Talk in an 2nd grade classroom. The only thing I would have changed would be for each child to have a hard copy of the text to use during the discussion. The video has two minute intro before you see the classroom example.

      I hope this information is helpful. We covered other topics, but I thought it was way too much information for one blog entry. I have one more day of training this week, so I'll be back tomorrow with more information.


  1. Yes your information is helpful! Thanks for posting. Accountable Talk is so powerful when used effectively in the classroom. I have used it over the past 2 years and have found my students to become more confident speakers and listeners. They also learn how to think critically and evaluate their partners responses.

    Looking forward to your next post!
    Shepherd's Shining Stars

    1. I'm new to the Accountable Talk, so I may be picking your brain about it! Thank you for stopping by.

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    Kinders on the Block


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