A Dialogic Teaching Approach: Talk Moves to Deepen Students’ Understanding in the Geography Classroom, pp. 7 of 12

Excerpt 4:

46

Teacher

Okay, times up! Ok. Anyone wants to volunteer?

I

47

Ali

(Raises hand)

48

Teacher

Ok Ali. Can everyone give him a round of applause?

I

49

Class

(Claps for Ali)

50

Ali

The water evaporates and vapour condenses into tiny water droplets and then there is precipitation. There is condensation of the water vapour. There is surface water that flows into the sea. This whole process repeats.

R

51

Student A

How do you know when the clouds get too heavy?

I

52

Class

Waah…

53

John

Oh because when too much water vapour evaporates to form clouds then cause what is held up in the air by water vapour Then the water vapour that is evaporating … Then the cloud will fall down as rain.

R

54

Student B

What? How did you know?

I

55

Teacher

I think the question will be better if rather than ‘how do you know when it is heavy’ because you cannot really go and weigh it right? But what do you mean by the clouds are too heavy? 

I

56

Student C

Colour.

R

57

Teacher

So that is when we know it is getting kind of heavy. But what do you mean by when the clouds are too heavy?

I

58

Ali

The water vapour condenses then too much water vapour then cannot contain them that is why it falls down as rain.

R

59

Teacher

How come it cannot contain them? [Why is it that the cloud cannot contain the water vapour anymore?]

I

60

Class

(discusing amongst each other and students raise their hands)

61

Student D

There is more water vapour on the top so when it falls down it beats the water vapour coming up so it will fall.

R

Focusing on the quality of the questions asked by the students during the course of the lessons, the questions that arose were spontaneous and thought provoking in nature. An example is a question posed in turn 51 where a student casually asked, “How do you know when the clouds get too heavy?”. This evidently sparked the curiosity of the whole class, which sustained the attention of the students throughout the course of the discussion, where the students were participating actively and were genuinely engaged. 

An Inspiring Quote

"[Open-mindedness] includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

~ John Dewey, How We Think

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