Strengthen Text-Based Conversations
Planning class time for text-based conversations is essential. However, establish procedures to ensure that these discussions are productive and inclusive.
Demonstrate the difference between a long-winded and short, focused response using the windbag activity. 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.
Students need to learn how to listen to peers and then respond succinctly. Explain to students that talking on and on can muddy the waters, take too much time, and exclude others from participating in the discussion.