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Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

Whether it’s culture or personality that hinder children’s conversation abilities and social cues, there are ways teachers can help students practice and improve. A teacher can first model a good conversation with another student, noting physical cues, making eye contact, and using guiding acronyms like S.L.A.N.T. When students blurt out hurtful put-downs, dig deeper and ask the student what they mean by that comment, and how it can be better rephrased. Encourage open-ended questions instead of yes-or-no’s, thinking about responses, and taking turns talking.