8 Habits of Dialogical Teachers



“A dialogical classroom is one in which literacy is used to immerse teacher and students in an ongoing reflective conversation with the texts of their lives.” -Bob Fecho

Because a dialogical classroom is #goals. Dialogical, Dialogic, Dialogue: Conversation.

  1. Answer each question with a question.
  2. Read lots and lots of theory. Because there is nothing more practical than good theory*. Vygotsky, Bakhtin, Csikszentmihayl, Rosenblatt, Dewey, etc., etc.
  3. Read lots of other books too.
  4. Structure class activities to allow for plenty of discussion and talking.  You know that the sound of students talking about ideas is the sound of learning.
  5. Teach students how to question validity and sources behind texts. Because you are teaching critical thinking through questioning, like a boss.
  6. Teach students to question pretty much everything.
  7. Have an essential question. The kind that can’t be answered in a day. You don’t already know the answer to this question, either.
  8. Don’t just teach one way of doing things. Dialogue with students on what works best for them & try different ways.
*Quote Attribution: Bob Fecho.