Connect to Content
The good news is that you don't have to choose between dialogue and teaching. Dialogue doesn't compete with student learning.
A dialogic classroom reinforces learning by grounding it in students' lived experiences.
Connect-to-content exercises and practices can be used to make complex concepts real for students or to synthesize the content of a dialogue. You might invite a personal reflection, or prompt a new discussion with a dialogic question. You might help students connect their personal experiences to a topic, or explore the ways a given topic has affected student experiences.
The dialogic classroom has several major effects on how students connect to classroom content. Whether it’s in a big gen-ed science course or a small history seminar, dialogic practices:
- Develop curiosity about the subject
- Deepen student learning
- Strengthen students' sense of belonging
- Encourage regular classroom participation
- Open students up to different views, experiences, and opinions