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In any effective and student-centered classroom, the voices of learners should be heard often; they should be asking and answering questions, sharing ideas, and expressing their thoughts. Some students, however, struggle to engage in some or all of these behaviors. They may need models for asking appropriate questions or adding relevant comments.

This “Off the Page” selection will provide an idea for moving the tasks of talking and sharing from teacher to student and it will provide some support for learners who need to eavesdrop on others to learn new communication skills. This featured idea is from From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks: 100 Ways to Differentiate Instruction in a K-12 Inclusive Classroom (opens in a new window).