“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.
- Answer each question with a question.
- Read lots and lots of theory. Because there is nothing more practical than good theory*. Vygotsky, Bakhtin, Csikszentmihayl, Rosenblatt, Dewey, etc., etc.
- Read lots of other books too.
- 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.
- Teach students how to question validity and sources behind texts. Because you are teaching critical thinking through questioning, like a boss.
- Teach students to question pretty much everything.
- 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.
- Don’t just teach one way of doing things. Dialogue with students on what works best for them & try different ways.