Dialogic teaching and the Socratic method place dialogue, discussion, and critical thinking at the heart of the classroom. In the second of two articles, Jessica Richards sets out five steps to ensuring your teaching prioritises dialogue and discussion skills
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In the first part of this article, I considered the history of dialogic teaching and how we can begin creating dialogic spaces and safety in our classrooms.

Now I would like to dive into some more practical strategies for teachers to harness the power of dialogue within the classroom, considering the why and how – including how teachers can strategically plan for dialogue with the intention of encouraging student contributions, improving their answers, and deepening their learning.

 

Why classroom dialogue matters

Effective classroom dialogue is more than just students exchanging words – it is a dynamic process that fosters critical thinking, deepens understanding, and cultivates a supportive learning environment.

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