New Book from Responsive Classroom, The Language of Learning, Provides Practical Strategies for Teaching Students Thinking, Listening, & Speaking Skills

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New Book from Responsive Classroom, The Language of Learning, Provides

Practical Strategies for Teaching Students Thinking, Listening, &

Speaking Skills

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

core competencies:

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

for teachers:

-- 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.

ISBN: 978-1-892989-61-1

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

Riverside, California.

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."

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