Archive: Sponsored Web Seminar: Authentic Student-to-Student Discourse, March 28, 2022

What does it look and sound like when students are engaged in authentic science discussions for a variety of different purposes as they work to figure out phenomena? And how can educators support students to engage in these rich conversations, not just to deepen their conceptual understanding, but to help create a sense of belonging in a classroom community? Join Rebecca Abbott, professional learning and literacy lead from the science curriculum development team at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, to explore these questions. 

In this interactive presentation, sponsored by Amplify, we’ll analyze examples of K-8 students engaging in various discourse strategies and routines as they work to figure out real-world phenomena.  Teachers will have an opportunity to see how these strategies might apply to your classroom context.

To participants - by registering for this Sponsored Web Seminar, you understand that the sponsoring organization will receive your email address to potentially follow up with you regarding product and service information that may be of interest.

All individuals receive a certificate of participation and 100 NSTA activity points for attending the live seminar and completing the end-of-program survey. A certificate of participation is not awarded for watching the recorded version of the program.

We invite you to register for upcoming web seminars at NSTA.

View the Archive Video

To view the presentation slides from the web seminar and related resources, visit the resource collection. Continue discussing this topic in the community forums.

Below are comments from individuals who attended the seminar:

  • "I loved how these concepts can be applied to all grade levels to increase learning."
  • "It was very informative, engaging, and interactive. I really enjoyed it and feel that I got a lot out of it for my future teachings of science."
  • "The flow of the presentation was excellent. It started with why discourse is important, then what it is, next moved to how it looks, and finally how to make it work."
  • "The ways and approaches shown on how to integrate discourse in the learning experience of students is really interesting. Overall, I think the Web seminar is pretty great."

A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' account page for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

For more information contact: [email protected]


  Rebecca Abbott

Grade Levels

Middle School


General Science

NSTA Press produces classroom-ready activities, hands-on approaches to inquiry, relevant professional development, the latest scientific education news and research, assessment and standards-based instruction.

Learn More