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What is Dialogic Teaching?

"Dialogic Teaching" means using talk most effectively for carrying out teaching and learning. Dialogic teaching involves ongoing talk between teacher and students, not just teacher-presentation.

Through dialogue, teachers can elicit students' everyday, 'common sense'perspectives, engage with their developing ideas and help them overcome misunderstandings.

When students are given opportunities to contribute to classroom dialogue in extended and varied ways, they can explore the limits of their own understanding. At the same time they practice new ways of using language as a tool for constructing knowledge.

By engaging students in dialogue, teachers can:
- explain ideas
- clarify the point and purpose of activities
- 'model' scientifc ways of using language
- help students grasp new, scientific ways of describing phenomena.