10 Tips for Richer Dialogue

10 Tips for Richer Classroom Dialogue


Are we really listening to each other? How do we empower learners to be excellent communicators? What steps can we take to create the time and space for richer dialogue in our school classrooms, homes, workplaces, and communities? In this session we will explore fun and surprising strategies to inspire more meaningful and productive communication. We will introduce the “Community of Inquiry” practice (P4C model) and how it can be used to promote engagement, foster innovation, and build understanding across difference. Come join this “campfire session” and bring your own questions, ideas, and experiences as we work together to creatively troubleshoot the top challenges teachers face in facilitating dialogue with young people.


Thank you for sharing your experience in this session using this feedback form (click green button below) for a chance to win:

  • Signed and personalized copy of “Q is for Question: An ABC of Philosophy”
  • Free one-on-one “30-minute Consultation” with Tiffany Poirier.



    • INTRO: What does a good, healthy dialogue look like and feel like? What does a bad, unhealthy dialogue look like and feel like?
    • CONNECTING: What’s your story and history as a dialogue participant?  What is your typical way of engaging in a dialogue? How did you learn to be engage in that way? In what ways do you need and want to grow as a dialogue participant?
    • RATIONALE: Why should students talk?
    • 1. TOPICS: What big questions could your students explore?
    • 2. TIME: How can we create more time for classroom dialogue?
    • 3. SPACE: How could you transform your classroom space to welcome dialogue?
    • 4. FACILITATION: What does being a dialogue facilitator mean to you?
    • 5. TARGETS: What targets do I need to clarify with students before each dialogue session?
    • 6. C.O.I.: How can we explore as a “community of inquiry”?
    • 7. THE MOVES: What “dialogue moves” do your students need to work on the most?
    • 8. THE FORMATS: Which new dialogue formats would most engage your students?
    • 9. THE TOOLS: Which creative dialogue tools would the most fun and educational for your students to try?
    • 10. DOCUMENTING & ASSESSING: What could your students learn by documenting and assessing their dialogues?
    • 11. SHARING: What creative ways could your students participate in the wider dialogue?
    • 12. YOUR IDEAS: What are your tips for growing dialogue?
  • VIDEO:Power to Question” – Tiffany Poirier at TEDxVictoria
  • VIDEO:Students Discuss Community of Inquiry
  • HANDOUT: List of Philosophical Questions (PDF)
  • VIDEO: Sample Dialogue “Fast Forward Dialogue – What is Greed?” 
  • HANDOUT: 20 Dialogue Moves – Posters (PDF)
  • VIDEO: “Let’s Agree to Disagree”
  • VIDEO: Sample Dialogue: “What Makes a World Landmark?”
  • VIDEO:Assessing the Quality of Your Classroom Dialogue
  • HANDOUT: Classroom Dialogues: Quick Assessment (PDF)
  • LINK: Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children


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THANK YOU FOR JOINING US!  Did this session spark something for you?  I’d love to hear from you and learn from your experience.  Please share any of your thoughts in the space below. For example…

  • Do you have an idea for how to facilitate classroom dialogue?
  • Do you have a personal experience as a student or teacher to share?
  • Do have any reflections, connections, or advice?




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