This short video shows how teachers can support accountable talk in the classroom. This helps student be more respectful of one another, take on more responsibility, and take different perspectives.
Accountable discussion empowers students to draw up arguments based on evidence. Students learn how to respect the views of their peers while strengthening their communication skills. They get practice in being good conversationalists, participating in conversations in a polite manner.
Although the video is of younger students, the same structures can be used for students in upper elementary and beyond.