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ERIC Number: EJ917047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
The Power of Informal Talk
Blomberg, Grace
Reading Teacher, v64 n6 p460 Mar 2011
As a classroom teacher for the past eight years, the author finds it important to read professional texts, both dated and current, to learn from what has worked in the past and of new, innovative practices to reinvigorate her lesson plans. This year, she read an older yet pertinent study by Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley called "Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experiences of Young American Children." Their work validated the idea that the frequency of talk during young children's literate development leads to greater vocabulary acquisition and is a clear indicator of reading comprehension in later years. The author realized that with the demands of curriculum, data-driven planning, and increasing academic pressures, she was not devoting much of her time to truly talking to and listening to her students. This realization led her to take action--action that required no professional development, extra planning, or extra paperwork. Just talking to kids reinvigorated her classroom practice, enriched her curriculum, and reminded her why she became a teacher in the first place.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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