Session 6: Conversations & Questions

This session is one of four Apply and Refine sessions. The focus of this session is on conversations and questions, and the key role they play in supporting learning and meaning making of ideas and concepts for learners. Conversation can be a window into learners’ prior knowledge, skill-level, personality, previous experience, and ability to articulate ideas. Three patterns of talk are introduced through role-plays that depict typical interactions between educators and learners, followed by discussions about the impact on learners when an educator sees his/her role as either ”sage on the stage” or “guide on the side.” Participants then discuss how they may influence the types of conversations they have with their learners through the questions they ask and how they follow up on those questions.