Strengthen Text-Based Conversations

Posted on July 08, 2015

Strengthen Text-Based Conversations

Planning time for text-based conversations is essential. However, plan time to establish procedures to ensure that class discussions are productive and inclusive.

Students need to learn how to provide short, succinct responses in order to allow others to offer their input. Explain to students that talking on and on can muddy the waters, take too much time, and exclude others from participating in the discussion.

To help students envision the difference between a long-winded and succinct response, consider demonstrating with a windbag. This visual activity reveals the idea of too much "hot air" does not work as well as one well-placed puff. Using fewer, more selective words in a conversation can convey your ideas to peers more effectively and efficiently.

Not only will your students never forget the demonstration with the windbags, but you can refer to it later if someone needs to be reminded to curtail his oral response.