Drawing on their research into the quality, quantity and type of talk that happens in the everyday primary classroom, the authors offer insights into the most effective ways of using talk to improve teaching and learning. They consider broad classroom-based issues, such as:
what is important about talk?
what children know about talk when they get to school
the voice of authority and the voice of the learner
whole class teaching for diversity
the experience of boys and girls, and children with special needs
using talk in the Literacy and Numeracy Hours
using talk in science and ICT.
Packed full of quotes from teachers and pupils in action, this innovative guide presents a range of practical ways that teachers can develop their interactions with their pupils to raise standards in all primary schools.
Table of Contents PART I - USING TALK IN THE CLASSROOM
Ch. 1. What we think is really important about talk. Ch. 2. The talk accomplishments of children starting primary school Ch. 3. Whole class teaching- debates and data Ch. 4. A focus on utterance Ch. 5. Talk across the curriculum
PART II - USING TALK IN THE CURRICULUM
Ch. 6. Teaching the Literacy Hour Ch. 7. Teaching of Numeracy Ch. 8. Teaching science Ch. 9. Teaching of contemporary ICT Ch. 10. Conclusions -Teaching and learning for tomorrow