Together with colleagues, reflect on your web study. Would establishing norms for talk and participation constrain or open your all-class discussions? What stood out about how teachers in the Talking Point established norms for their classrooms? What are the advantages/disadvantages of using the same set of norms and expectations across classrooms?
Together develop a common set of norms for your classrooms. Keep the list short, 3-5 norms. Samples of norms developed by others are provided. (See PDF). Discuss how you might best introduce the norms to your students and encourage their “buy-in.” Discuss how you will continue to reinforce the norms over the next months until they become an established, automatic part of the classroom culture.
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