Talking with others about ideas and work is fundamental to learning. But not all talk sustains learning. For classroom talk to promote learning it must be accountable to the learning community, to accurate and appropriate knowledge, and to rigorous thinking. Accountable Talk practices seriously respond to and further develop what others in the group have said. It puts forth and demands knowledge that is accurate and relevant to the issue under discussion. Accountable Talk practices use evidence appropriate to the discipline (e.g., proofs in mathematics, data from investigations in science, textual details in literature, documentary sources in history) and follow established norms of good reasoning.
Accountable Talk Sourcebook
The free Accountable Talk Sourcebook is an extensive introduction to the purposes of Accountable Talk and the classroom practices that promote Accountable Talk discussions at all grade levels. Accountable Talk has been shown to result in robust academic achievement for students of all economic, social, and linguistic backgrounds.
Accountable Talk Videos
See and listen to leading researchers, thinkers, and IFL Fellows respond to pressing questions about the role of Accountable Talk practices in the classroom.
Why is it important to let students work on a math task without first showing them how to solve it?
Is there a good way to use peer review in the classroom?
Why is it important for English learners to talk every day and how can teachers engage these students in academic conversations?
Accountable Talk Podcasts
Online Accountable Talk Workshops
The IFL's online workshops invite educators to be part of a virtual learning community while receiving one-on-one feedback from IFL facilitators. Our 5-7 week online workshops are designed to support educators in implementing high-quality, discussion-based learning experiences in their classrooms, schools, and districts. Participants engage in a wide-range of learning experiences including reading and responding to articles, watching and discussing videos, and generating and sharing lesson plans. As with our onsite professional development courses, the IFL's online workshops are designed so that educators participate in ongoing cycles of learn, apply, assess, and reflect.
The IFL's online workshops provide practical takeaways, tools, and resources that educators can use immediately as they work to incorporate high-quality discussions in their classrooms, schools, and districts. Plus, all of the online materials are available for download, so learning can happen wherever and whenever! Online workshops are asynchronous but paced.