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New Book from Responsive Classroom, The Language of Learning, Provides
Practical Strategies for Teaching Students Thinking, Listening, &
TURNERS FALLS, Mass., March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
-- Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. (NEFC), developer of the
Responsive Classroom@ approach to elementary teaching, has just
published The Language of Learning: Teaching Students Core Thinking,
Listening, & Speaking Skills by veteran educator Margaret Berry
Wilson. The book focuses on proven, practical strategies for teaching
children the communication skills critical to high-level learning and
success at school. The skills addressed in the book are explicitly
named as keys to college and career readiness in the Common Core State
Standards at every grade level.
Achieving fluency in the language of learning does not automatically
happen for most children. This book gives educators the practical
tools and resources needed to move students toward fluency in five
Listening Essentials (focusing attention, showing interest, sustaining attention, developing comprehension)
Speaking Essentials (taking turns, speaking confidently, staying on topic, speaking with clarity)
Asking and Answering Questions (distinguishing between a statement and a question, formulating purposeful questions, asking questions respectfully, giving high-quality answers)
Crafting an Argument (speaking in an organized way, distinguishing facts from opinions, presenting evidence, persuading others)
The Art of Agreeing and Disagreeing (agreeing thoughtfully, disagreeing respectfully, agreeing partially, responding to disagreements)
Lynn McKay, Teacher Effectiveness Coach for the Denver Public schools,
says "Helping children learn to use purposeful talk in communication
is the unifying theme of this valuable resource. It is an excellent
resource for moving children into thoughtful, robust discussions."
Carol Ann Tomlinson, Professor at the Curry School of Education,
University of Virginia says of The Language of Learning, "Here's the
guidebook for educators . . . to help students develop and hone those
foundational skills that are precursors to accessing virtually all
learning opportunities in school-and in life."
Among the features that make The Language of Learning highly practical
-- Teaching techniques integrate seamlessly into any existing
curriculum as part of daily teaching; no need for separate lessons on
listening, speaking, etc.
-- Abundant sample language shows teachers speaking to students and
students speaking to one another as they're learning the skills and
when they reach mastery.
-- Common Core correlation tables connect each chapter to specific
speaking and listening standards.
NEFC executive director Lora Hodges says, "Children have always needed
these competencies in order to be highly engaged, self-motivated
thinkers, doers, creators, and learners. The content, strategies, and
resources presented in this book are just what teachers need to help
them teach, coach, and encourage students in developing and
demonstrating these competencies."
Bibliographic information The Language of Learning: Teaching Students
Core Thinking, Listening, & Speaking Skills Margaret Berry Wilson,
with Foreword by Lora M. Hodges, EdD Grades covered: K-6 Paperback,
216 pages, $24 Copyright 2014, Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.
About Margaret Berry Wilson Margaret Berry Wilson began presenting
Responsive Classroom workshops and coaching educators throughout the
country in 2004. She is the author of Teasing, Tattling, Defiance and
More and several other books published by Northeast Foundation for
Children. Margaret currently serves as an assistant head of school in
About Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc., and the Responsive
Classroom@ Approach Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc., a
not-for-profit educational organization, is the developer of
Responsive Classroom, a research-based approach to elementary
education that leads to greater teacher effectiveness, higher student
achievement, and improved school climate. Responsive Classroom
practices help educators develop competencies in three interrelated
domains: engaging academics, positive community, and effective
management. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional
Learning (CASEL) has recognized the Responsive Classroom approach as
one of a select group of "well-designed, evidence-based social and
emotional learning programs with potential for broad dissemination to
schools across the United States."
For more information, visit www.responsiveclassroom.org.
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