Classroom Dialogue and Learning

Dr Victoria Cook, Dr Louis Major, Dr Sara Hennessy with Farah Ahmed, Elisa Calcagni and other colleagues from the Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research Group (CEDiR) | View as single page | Feedback/Impact

Ground rules for talk

One way to facilitate the development of a supportive environment where children can articulate their ideas freely is through the negotiation of ‘ground rules’ for talk. The Thinking Together website (Dawes, 2010) has some very useful resources for encouraging children to consider how talk is used in classrooms and activities for developing ground rules for talk with your students.


Dawes, L. (2010). Creating a Speaking and Listening Classroom. London: Routledge.