National Writing Project


Creating Dialogic Classrooms

An Online Learning Experience Sponsored by the National Writing Project

January 26 – May 4, 2012


A dialogical classroom is one in which literacy is used to immerse teachers and students in an ongoing, reflective conversation with the texts of their lives. As such, reading, writing, speaking, and listening are seen as tools for making meaning rather than as ends unto themselves.

In this online learning experience (OLE), participants will explore how to imagine themselves as teachers who promote dialogue among and with their students, and then discover how to put those imaginings into practice. The work of the OLE will be focused around two books by Bob Fecho: Teaching for the Students and Writing in the Dialogical Classroom . Structured as a study group, the first part of the OLE will help participants to see themselves and their classrooms from a dialogical stance. The second part will then focus on realizing those dialogical conceptions through practice, with particular emphasis on how such work can be done in schools where much standardization is taking place.

This study group will be facilitated by Red Clay teacher-consultants Angela Dean and Lisa Hall, and consists of an orientation plus seven sessions spread across four months. Five of those sessions will be asynchronous, threaded discussions over weekends (February 8–10, 22–24; March 8–10; April 5–7, 18–21). There will be three synchronous sessions (January 26 for orientation; March 23, and May 4). Bob Fecho will directly participate in the March and May synchronous sessions.

How to Participate

Participation in this online learning experience is limited to the first 20 registrants. To register, complete this form by January 18. You will be notified of your status once all slots have been filled.


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