Daniel SanGiacomo

aka Daniel Aktas

What is exploratory talk?

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Outlined by Douglas Barnes in Cycles of meaning: Exploring the potential of talk in learning, Exploratory talk is the opposite of everything I had expected students to say when answering a question in class. Exploratory talk aka seminary talk topples the notion that responses have to be perfectly correct vocal answers. Using exploratory talk students can talk through their ideas and are given the space to verbally re-experience and sort their thoughts where they may or may not form a conclusion. Working in this format is ideal for my classrooms where I encourage a community that actively listens and responds to each other. Here is an artifact from a high school lesson introducing exploratory talk. With the categories of talk omitted my students were asked to name this kind of open discussion we would be using during discussions.


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