Getting Started: Supporting Classroom Argumentation

The capacity to engage students in productive classroom discourse and argumentation is developed over time through professional learning, seeing effective models of practice, opportunities for reflection on one’s own practice, ongoing observation and assessment of students, and instructional materials designed to promote discourse. Here are some helpful resources. For more information on each resource, go to the professional learning session where the resource is introduced.

Professional Learning Sessions

Resources for getting started and supporting your students

Tools for reflection

Formative assessment tools of students’ argumentation skills

Sample videos of classroom argumentation

Curriculum materials developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science that provide opportunities for argumentation

Other resources