Protocol Overview and Instructions:
The purpose of a chalk talk is a way to promote discussion and awareness of issues and perspectives - silently. A chalk talk is also an excellent way to promote awareness of patterns and problems and to ensure that all voices are heard.
Chalk Talk Protocol Instructions
My students really enjoy sharing ideas through the Chalk Talk experience. I am amazed at how they take the silent responding so seriously as they walk around the room and respond to prompts. I have been able to use this strategy at the beginning of the year easily when we are building community. For example, I had four poster boards with these questions: How does our class want to be remembered? What do we want people to see when they walk into our classroom? What do we want them to hear? How do we want them to feel? It can be used across the curriculum, not just with PBL activities. This is a great way to get the class moving around the room. We have also used Chalk Talk to share information about our family cultures and experiences. Chalk Talk can be used in so many different situations.
"It is great to see the quieter, more shy student feel more comfortable sharing their ideas in a non-threatening way. They shine because they feel less anxious responding on paper."
"I like taking my marker and moving around the room to write down my ideas. We get to move around and read other people’s ideas."
Meet the Educator:
Amy is an educator at West Ottawa Public Schools. She teaches 4th grade at Lakewood Elementary.
"Integrating curriculum through PBL experiences has sparked a passion for authentic, real world problem solving in my students. My 4th graders are more actively engaged and enthusiastic about the learning process since I began using the Creative Sequence and Design Thinking protocols. They are gaining empathy for those around them and building employability skills along the way. It is thrilling to witness their excitement!"