“So as you’re reading today remember that we are trying to talk the talk. We want to use lingo about our topics to be experts,” I said as I skeptically sent my students off to work independently during reading workshop last week. There had been a lot of blank stares, very little coming from the turn and talks and I felt like I had stumbled over my words a lot. “We will meet with our reading partners in about 20 minutes to practice taking the talk.”
I tried to put that doubt out of my mind as I went about the workshop. I made sure to stop by and confer with the kids I thought were the most lost. I helped them add some sticky notes to their books. I met with a few more and the 20 minutes seemed to disappear.
Before I knew it I was saying, “Who’s ready to talk the talk and share about their expert topic?”
From the corner of the room I heard a boy shout “I was born ready!”
It took me a moment to fully comprehend what he had said but then burst out laughing.
“Well let’s see what you’ve got,” I said to him with a smirk. There is always room for improvement tomorrow.