Using Talk Effectively in the Primary Classroom  book cover
1st Edition

Using Talk Effectively in the Primary Classroom

ISBN 9780203481844
Published August 18, 2008 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

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 1: Using Talk in the Classroom  1. What We Think is Really Important About Talk  2. The Talk Accomplishments of Children Starting Primary School  3. Whole Class Teaching- Debates and Data  4. A Focus on Utterance  5. Talk Across the Curriculum  Part 2: Using Talk in the Curriculum  6. Teaching the Literacy Hour  7. Teaching of Numeracy  8. Teaching Science  9. Teaching of Contemporary ICT  10. Conclusions -Teaching and Learning for Tomorrow

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Richard Eke is Head of School for Primary and Early Years at UWE.