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Conversation Compass : A Teacher's Guide to High-Quality Language Learning in Young Children (Paperback)

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This guide provides early childhood teachers with a tool to promote meaningful conversations for high-quality language learning and school readiness in the preschool classroom by talking to children with specific learning objectives in mind and planning opportunities for them to talk with each other during small-group activities. It emphasizes these skills in all children, especially ethnic minority children who may speak a different language or dialect at home. It discusses what makes a good conversation, the role of cultural differences, and how to be a good conversation partner, and how to encourage, plan, and monitor instructional peer conversations to improve social skills, language development, reasoning, and academic talk. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Classroom conversation plays an important role in the development of children's language and reasoning skills. However, studies show that classroom talk relies too much on directives and close-ended questions.Conversation Compass provides many tools, including converstaion maps and tracking forms, activities and reflection questions, and more.

Learn to adapt your classroom conversations to meet the diverse needs of all the children you teach and set them up for academic success.

Stephanie M. Currenton, PhD, is an assistant professor at Rutgers University and the associate editor ofEarly Childhood Research Quarterly and a former member of the governing board of NAEYC.

Number of Pages: 90.0
Genre: Education
Sub-Genre: Preschool + Kindergarten
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
Author: Ph.D. Stephanie M. Curenton
Language: English
Street Date: December 15, 2015
TCIN: 23937560
UPC: 9781605543840
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-8242

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