About the Conversation Compass
The Conversation Compass© is a conversation-based instructional approach designed to enhance classroom conversations. The goal for the approach is to build teachers’ ability to engage in culturally-responsive instructional peer conversations by:
- enhancing their knowledge of conversation skills in general,
- building their knowledge of ethnic minority children’s communication styles,
- fostering regular peer-to-peer conversations with small groups of children,
- providing lesson planning tools that can be used along side any core curriculum.
"If each and every day [children] are invited to talk about their ideas and experiences and to listen to those of their classmates, they will learn that conversation is a natural and important part of learning."
~ From Are Your Listening? by Lisa Burman (2009, p. 47)