At the latest CoL meeting, Jannie Van Hees talked about chain linking conversations. I had never heard of it before but felt excited to give it a go. A big idea with chain-linked conversations is that person 2 replies to person 1 said by adding on new information about something they had said, rather than only agreeing or asking a question. Therefore, both parties gain new information about each other.
As a class, we practiced having conversations, then we discussed what was actually happening while we were talking (video 1).
To try it as a whole class, we used our inquiry topic to ensure students had something to 'add on' (video 2). Although this is not a conversation per se, it was our first practice at having a chain-linked dialogue.
Reflection on the video clip
- This lesson was very teacher-directed, as it was the first time introducing the idea of chain linking conversations. I could have gotten students to do a lot more talking, especially think pair share. A good time to do so would have been in the first clip, when I asked what happened during the conversation. They could have talked together before one or two people telling me. It would have been a lot richer for them than sitting and listen to me talk for ages.
- I loved that every person could add something to our whole-class links. We chose a topic that everyone knew something about to encourage this to happen.
- At one point, a student added on to what I had said about the sun, but we had moved onto talking about the moon by then. I loved that moment because another student, rather than myself, reminded the first student that they had to add-on to the last thing that was said, so talking about the moon wasn't relevant anymore.
Chain-linked story we came up with
- The sun is the centre of the solar system.
- The sun is surrounded by 8 planets.
- The 8 planets orbit the sun.
- Venus is the hottest planet.
- Earth is the only planet with organic life.
- Earth has one moon.
- The other name for the moon is lunar and it has 8 phases.
- The moon orits the Earth.
- The moons light is a reflection of the suns light.
- The sun gives us light and heat.
- Solar energy gives us power.
- The solar energy gives us power to use on lights.
- The sun gives us heat and warmth.
- The sun gives us solar energy so we can power electric cars.
- Electric cars don't need gas.
- Petrol is a kind of gas.
- Another kind of gas is Hydrogen.
- The sun is made of Hydrogen and Helium.
- The sun is the biggest part of our solar system.
- The sun gives us heat and light.
- The second name for the sun is Sol.
- The sun is a dawrf star.
- The sun is not a planet.
- Neptune is the coldest planet.
- Mars has the highest mountain.