Boston Globe Magazine - "5 ways K-12 schools are changing longstanding teaching methods"


...At the Lafayette School in Everett, you’re apt to see students talking in class. But instead of disciplining the kids for not staying on task, teachers oversee the chatter.

That’s because Lafayette uses a strategy called “turn and talk” in its K-8 classrooms. Teachers, instead of lecturing in front of a class, pose a question and then prompt pairs or small groups of students to discuss it, usually asking one student to be the group’s reporter. The class regroups, often minutes later, to share what they discussed, with the reporter typically summarizing their points for the class. The program was implemented last year through a partnership with the Bay State Reading Institute, a nonprofit that currently works with 44 schools in 11 districts, many of which have schools that underperform on state tests...