Four ways to really get your pupils talking

Speaking in class might be daunting for many children but it is a powerful way of learning. Adam Riches explains how to create the ideal environment for class discussion and build students’ confidence in addressing their classmates

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If we were to ask pupils about the most daunting tasks in school, speaking in lessons would be right near the top of the list.

For the quietest members of the class, the idea of speaking sparks worry and fear, but even the most confident pupil fears putting their head above the proverbial parapet sometimes when it comes to class discussions.

We need to tackle this. Pupils need to talk because it is such a powerful way of learning. Speaking confidently is also an important life skill.

So how can we encourage pupils to speak more without having to force them?

1. Key terminology

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