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Dialogue and Learning
Dialogue is central to learning from preschool to adulthood.  Focus on classroom discourse:  teachers and students using oral communication skills for learnng.
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Asking a Simple Question Can Change Everything for a Student

Asking one question can open a world of opportunity for students who are otherwise disengaged in school: What do you like to do every day?

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7 Tips for Encouraging Student-led discussions - Starr Sackstein, MJE, NBCT

Back in my day a discussion was led by the teacher. Pre-planned questions with predictable right answers. It was restrictive... Continue reading »
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Talking leads to learning.

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Podcast: School Success Starts in Infancy

Podcast: School Success Starts in Infancy | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
In this show Dr. Lally talks about why we should take a closer look at supporting infants if we want our children to succeed in school. Dr. Lally discusses th
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Early Literacy Development

Early Literacy Development | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop oral language and pre-literacy skills everyday that will help them become readers. It's an exciting and critical time of learning!
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Fostering Real Conversations in the Online Classroom - Blackboard Blog

Fostering Real Conversations in the Online Classroom - Blackboard Blog | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
I've been trying to think of ways to encourage students in the online classroom to make connections that occur spontaneously in face-to-face conversations.

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Thinking Outside the Box — Higher Order Thinking in Kindergarten | Scholastic.com

Thinking Outside the Box — Higher Order Thinking in Kindergarten | Scholastic.com | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Are you ready to prepare your students for a world that demands more than textbook knowledge? Read on as I share several methods I use to incorporate higher order thinking in my class.
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Playing with ideas

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Stenhouse Publishers: Let's Talk

Stenhouse Publishers: Let's Talk | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
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More information on the importance of talk to learning

 

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Hearing about math at the table can improve preschoolers’ skills

Hearing about math at the table can improve preschoolers’ skills | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
New research from Chile’s Pontifical Catholic University and University of Michigan suggests that moms who talk about math with their preschoolers at the dinner table can improve their children'
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8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions
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Questions and Dialogue

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Learning with 'e's: Teaching and learning through dialogue

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post entitled 'Learning as dialogue' which was essentially about how students can learn through conversation and by discussing their ideas with each other. This theme is echoed in my new book Learning with 'e's which was published this week. An extract from the book relates one of my own student experiences:

"The teachers who have inspired me most are those who have been accessible rather than remote, personable instead of stand-offish, and knowledgeable without being arrogant. Most importantly, they conversed with me rather than lectured. One of the lecturers in the first year of my undergraduate degree inspired me to learn more and to push myself to my limits to become more knowledgeable in my subject area.

"Dr Ken Gale did this using nothing more than a whiteboard and pen, along with constant discussion and questioning. Ken has since become one of my valued colleagues. This kind of simple Socratic discourse was deceptively powerful, did wonders for my self esteem and piqued my appetite for more knowledge. There was no need for him to use any other visual aids or learning resources. Ken simply pointed us in the direction of relevant reading, and strategically slipped the names of key theorists into his discussions with us.

"For me this was a skillful, but relaxed and unobtrusive kind of pedagogy, involving every student in the room, debating, deliberating and generally exploring together the nuances and intricacies of our subject. There was no lecturing, and there were no absolutes. Just the inspiration of the discussion and the joy of knowing that you were going to leave the classroom with more questions than when you came in.

"It seems clear to me that to encourage open and frank dialogue in a formal learning environment, the power differential between teacher and student must be removed. When teachers wish to promote democratic learning, students are given license to challenge and encouraged to discuss, debate, argue. Passive consumption of delivered knowledge is then replaced by full engagement with the subject matter through conversation. The conversation around the topic becomes the new curriculum, enabling each student to act as an open minded, independent thinker who can defend his or her position without resorting to dogmatic assertions based on partial understanding or incomplete knowledge.

"The best teachers encourage all students to participate and value all contributions, incorporating as many as possible into an extended conversation around the topic."

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A handy flowchart for enhancing classroom discussion - Daily Genius

A handy flowchart for enhancing classroom discussion - Daily Genius | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Do you like to have a free-flowing exchange of ideas in the classroom? Do you encourage and nurture dissenting opinions? Do your students feel empowered to voice their thoughts and critiques of research or ideas?

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Learning to discuss, debate, disagree.  Do we need that now?

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learntolearn » Blog Archive » Checking For Understanding: Start with the Student

learntolearn » Blog Archive » Checking For Understanding: Start with the Student | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
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Talking to students about their learning challenges

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Starting Student Feedback Loops

Starting Student Feedback Loops | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
A feedback loop is a process of checking for and affirming understanding that is specific, non-evaluative, manageable, and focused on a learning target.
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Dialogue: feedback

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Include parents and family in learning

Include parents and family in learning | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
If teachers team up with parents and families, they can help create success for even the most difficult students. Amber Chandler shares her outreach strategies
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The more families know about what goes on in the classroom, the more they can help.

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Too much too soon? What should we be teaching four-year-olds

Too much too soon? What should we be teaching four-year-olds | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
New research shows that children who start school young are struggling to keep up with curriculum targets.
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Kid’s oral language skills can predict future writing difficulties

Kid’s oral language skills can predict future writing difficulties | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Children's future writing difficulties can be identified before they even learn how to begin writing, according to a new study by Professor Phaedra Royle and Postdoctoral fellow Alexandra Marquis of the University of Montreal’s School of Speech...

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Conversations in the Classroom with Tina Moreno

Conversations in the Classroom with Tina Moreno | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Better Hearing and Speech Month continues with guest blogger Tina Moreno. In this post, Tina shares some thoughts on building meaningful conversations in the classroom.

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All children deserve to communicate.  All children can learn to communicate.

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The Conversation Prism: Visual map of the social media landscape

The Conversation Prism: Visual map of the social media landscape | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it

What is The Conversation Prism?

Developed in 2008 by Brian Solis, The Conversation Prism is a visual map of the social media landscape. It’s an ongoing study in digital ethnography that tracks dominant and promising social networks and organizes them by how they’re used in everyday life.


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Given the role of conversation in the wider world, do we pay enough attention to oral communication skills in school?

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Teaching Listening Skills: Ready to Listen, Ready to Learn | Edudemic

Teaching Listening Skills: Ready to Listen, Ready to Learn | Edudemic | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Listening is a skill your students will be called on to use throughout their lives.
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The role of oral language in learning.

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Turning 32 Years Into 6 Simple Takeaways

Turning 32 Years Into 6 Simple Takeaways | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Teacher Advice? A Teacher Reflects Back On 32 Years And Offers 6 Simple Nuggets Of Advice
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To see Sharon’s advice in action, check out her kidblog: https://kindergartenlife.wordpress.com/tag/kindergarten/

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To see Sharon’s advice in action, check out her kidblog: https://kindergartenlife.wordpress.com/tag/kindergarten/

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Grade 3 Teacher Reveals Heartbreaking Notes From Students

Grade 3 Teacher Reveals Heartbreaking Notes From Students | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Kyle Schwartz is a third grade teacher at Doull Elementary in Denver, Colorado.
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Are You Really Listening? Three Ways to Tell

Are You Really Listening? Three Ways to Tell | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Jean Johnson, author of the April 2015 EL article “Getting Your Message Out (and Why It’s Not Enough),”explains three questions that can determine whether public meetings enlighten or polarize. By Jean Johnson You’ve convened a community meeting to discuss an important school issue. You lay out a problem or proposal and invite questions and comments. Will the meeting strengthen public trust and engagement? How much genuine dialogue will take place? Here are three questions to keep in mind as you head into a public event. How you answer them could determine how well you connect. How much time will be devoted to “presenting” versus hearing what people have to say? Describing a problem or proposal clearly and giving people accurate information is obviously step one. But “engagement” has to be more than 15 minutes of Q & A tacked on after an hour of speechifying. Unless there’s ample time for genuine give-and-take with the audience, people are more likely to feel “talked at” than included and respected. How will you respond when people disagree with you? Will you focus on trying to understand their perspectives, or will you (as we all tend to do) be mentally dismissing their arguments as they speak. Pushing back against criticism is a natural reaction, but the hallmark of dialogue is the exchange of ideas. It’s not an exercise in persuasion. It assumes that other people have useful questions to raise. What will you do afterward? Real listening means mulling over what you’ve heard and thinking creatively about how to address people’s concerns. You’ll never make everyone happy, of course, and an education leader’s first responsibility is to the students, so your ultimate decisions have to reflect what’s best for them. But parents, teachers, and community members often spot potential glitches and complications you might not anticipate on your own. You can’t always accommodate your critics, but taking time to respectfully explain your reasoning allows you to connect with people even when you don’t agree with them.
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Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement - KQED (blog)

Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement - KQED (blog) | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Inserting longer pauses throughout classroom instruction time can help students and educators open up to greater possibilities.
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Silence has value, too.

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learntolearn » Blog Archive » Collaborative Learning Can Begin in Kindergarten

learntolearn » Blog Archive » Collaborative Learning Can Begin in Kindergarten | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
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Collaborative Learnig

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