The dialogue toolkit is a set of commenting tools to support thoughtful exchanges between Out of Eden Learn participants. This toolkit was created with support from educator Chris Sloan, co-founder of Youth Voices.
Throughout your learning journey, we encourage you to use a range of dialogue tools as you engage with the work of other young people.For example, you can comment on other student’s work with the Appreciate move. This move is meant to go deeper than the “Like” button often found on social network sites. We hope you will be specific and detailed about what you appreciate in other students’ work. Similarly, we encourage you to Notice details and even Snip thoughts that interest you and explain why. Other tools invite you to describe Connections and Probe with thoughtful questions, and share when and how your thoughts Extend in new directions.
All the suggested dialogue tools are described here. Please review them and then try them out! Icons and descriptions of each tool appear in the comment box to remind you of the moves.
Be sure to read the instructions for the “Interact” step of each footstep. We will often ask you to use one or more specific dialogue tools when you comment. We also invite you to use the Thinking Routines below as you look at and comment on other students’ work.
Notice: What stands out to you or catches your eye in this person’s post? In other words, what do you notice in particular? Be specific.
Appreciate: Share what you like, appreciate or value in the post you've read. Be specific.
Probe: Probe for more details. Ask questions that will help give you a better sense of another person's perspective. (See Creative Questions & Sentence Starts below)
Snip: Cut and paste a phrase or sentence from the original post into your comment. Ask a question about it or say what you find interesting or important about what is being said.
Connect: Make a connection between something in the post and your own experiences, feelings, or interests.
Extend: Describe how the post extended your thoughts in new directions or gave you a new perspective.
See, Think, Wonder
See, Wonder, Connect (National Gallery of Art adaptation of See-Think-Wonder)
Creative Questions & Sentence Starters
Brainstorm a set of questions about a student’s post. Use these question-starters to help you think of interesting questions:
Connect, Extend, Challenge
Circle of Viewpoints
Consider the diversity of students in your walking party. Before you post your own work or a comment on the work of another student, use this routine to explore how it may be interpreted from a variety of perspectives.Your process may involve the following steps:
See-Wonder-Connect. National Gallery of Art. Washington D.C.
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Sloan, Chris. Comment as Genre. Youth Voices: A National Writing Project community. http://youthvoices.net/node/35079
Visible Thinking: http://www.visiblethinkingpz.org/VisibleThinking_html_files/ 03_ThinkingRoutines/03a_ThinkingRoutines.html
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