## Rich Talk

## What is it?

- Is communication or dialogue that helps students to develop or demonstrate mathematical understanding
- When built into a Rich Task it is the kind of discussion that clarifies understanding, connects and applies knowledge, generates ideas, and evaluates conclusions.

## Rich Talks depend on many factors...

**Richness of Questions:****Teachers**can facilitate Rich Talk by asking

**questions**. HOWEVER, the nature of the questions will determine the 'richness' of the talk.

For example:

- What is the formula for the area of a rectangle? vs. What could be the next steps needed to solve this problem?

## Why use Rich Talk:

Activates student's thinking. Challenges them to process information, and then apply/evaluate it.

Helps Students Learn to justify their own arguments, consider, evaluate and respectfully challenge the arguements of others.

Promotes collaborative learning: Open-ended questions require students to consider multiple perspectives. These perspectives are built through peer discussions of questions.

Helps Students Learn to justify their own arguments, consider, evaluate and respectfully challenge the arguements of others.

Promotes collaborative learning: Open-ended questions require students to consider multiple perspectives. These perspectives are built through peer discussions of questions.

## How it looks:

*How to construct Rich Talk or adapt language to "Enrich" them:*

Adapted from

*Teaching Tomorrow's Thinkers: A Curriculum Framework for Teaching and Thinking JK-9*. WCDSB, 1992