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2015 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show

70th ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show

March 21–23, 2015, Houston, Tex.

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November 2014
Talking & Learning

November 2014 | Volume 72 | Number 3

Talking and Listening

Feature Articles

Talking to Learn

Elizabeth A. City

Talking, listening, and thinking are a potent combination—each strengthens the other.

Speaking Volumes

Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

How to turn a noisy classroom into a zone of productive talk.

Now Presenting …

Erik Palmer

Speech-making skills build confidence, poise, and clear thinking.

Tapping the Power of Poetry

Timothy Rasinski

Poetry charms, inspires, and intrigues as it develops students' fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Talking About Math

Allison Hintz and Elham Kazemi

How to better facilitate purposeful discussion about mathematics.

Fostering English Learners' Confidence

Rhonda Bondie, Laurie Gaughran and Akane Zusho

From elbow exchanges to homework rounds—these routines engage students.

Debates and Conversations: From the Ground Up

Paula McAvoy and Diana Hess

Help students tackle controversial topics without controlling the conversation.

What Is the Value of Life? … and Other Socratic Questions

Casey Cuny

Four steps to planning insightful seminars.

From Mindless to Meaningful

Laura Billings and Terry Roberts

Structured whole-class discussions strengthen a sense of community.

All the Time They Need

Ellin Oliver Keene

Amazing things result when kids have time to think.

Real Talk, Real Teaching

Maria Nichols

Can a tumult of words bring forth clear thinking?

Spinning the Web

Alexis Wiggins

A Spider Web Discussion model invites everyone to participate.

Columns / Departments

Double Take

Reviews, research, and relevant reads.

Research Says / Get All Students to Speak Up

Bryan Goodwin

Students who participate more learn more.

Show & Tell: A Video Column / Conversational Moves

Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey

Teach kids to resolve points of disagreement and correct misunderstandings.

Power Up! / A Buying Guide for Parents

Doug Johnson

Advice for those buying technology for kids to use at school.

Principal Connection / Why?

Thomas R. Hoerr

It is easy to overlook the why when you're staring at your to-do list.

One to Grow On / Real Listening as Real Teaching

Carol Ann Tomlinson

A good "power source" is listening.

EL Takeaways

Eight Thoughts About Talking and Listening


Evaluating the Media? Begin with Questions

Kristen Swanson

Tools to help students analyze the media that bombard them.

Ray Charles Listens to Birdsong

Cynthia Barry

In our hyper-extroverted habitat, the ability to listen well is an endangered species.

How to Foster Deep Listening

Kersti Tyson, Allison Hintz and Kellie Hernandez

Five strategies to develop the talking and listening skills called for in the Common Core State Standards.

EL Study Guide

Naomi Thiers

ASCD Guest Bloggers

Elizabeth City, Erik Palmer and Alexis Wiggins

Watch This Spot

See how students discuss big questions related to a series of texts in this clip from the Essential Questions DVD.