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CodeTalk Revisited: Getting computer science students to talk in class

Project by 
Mikala Streeter
Project Year 
2015
Students learn through talking about the content, but not all discussions are productive and not all students like to talk or feel comfortable talking. This interactive guide teaches computer science instructors why productive talk is important, what a productive problem solving discussion could look like in computer science, how to set and maintain classroom norms that help students feel safe to participate, and how to plan, practice and evaluate their discussion faciliation. Tested with K-12 and university instructors, this guide, when paired with practice and feedback, has consistently led to greater learning for students and more confidence for instructors.