Next Steps with Academic Conversations

PBL offers richopportunities for students to buildupideas with conversations. Yet in many PBL settings, more can be done to improve conversations as well as ...

Author: Jeff Zwiers


ISBN: 9781625312990

Category: Communication in education

Page: 208

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"This title examines the benefits and practices of academic conversations and social discourse in grades 3-12. Builds on activities and why academic conversations are important"--

Academic Conversations

Conversation. Builds. Relationships. (SC). When students are provided the opportunity to converse with other students with whom they might not normally ...

Author: Jeff Zwiers

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 9781571108845

Category: Education

Page: 234

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Where would we be without conversation? Throughout history, conversations have allowed us to see different perspectives, build ideas, and solve problems. Conversations, particularly academic conversations ... push students to think and learn in lasting ways. Academic conversations are back-and-forth dialogues in which students focus on a topic and explore it by building, challenging, and negotiating relevant ideas. [The] authors ... have identified five core communication skills to help students hold productive academic conversations across content areas. These skills are: elaborating and clarifying, supporting ideas with evidence, building on and/or challenging ideas, paraphrasing and synthesizing. This books shows teachers how to weave the cultivation of academic conversation skills and conversations into current teaching approaches.

The K 3 Guide to Academic Conversations

Chapters include anchor charts, sample lesson plans that can be adapted, ... Chapter 5: Assessing Student Conversations helps teachers assess academic ...

Author: Jeff Zwiers

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 9781506340470

Category: Education

Page: 160

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“For thousands of years people have been using the skills we describe in this book to engage in conversations with others. What isn’t as prevalent, however, is instruction--especially in primary grades—in which we engage students in productive conversations about academic ideas. This book fills that very big need.” --Jeff Zwiers & Sara Hamerla Talk about content mastery . . . Primary teachers, you won’t want to miss this: if you’re looking for a single resource to foster purposeful content discussions and high-quality interpersonal engagement, then put Jeff Zwiers and Sara Hamerla’s K-3 Guide to Academic Conversations at the top of your reading list. Whether your students love to talk or not, all must be equipped with key conversation skills such as active listening, taking turns, posing, clarifying, supporting with examples, and arguing ideas. This ready resource comes packed with every imaginable tool you could need to make academic conversations part of your everyday teaching: Sample lesson plans and anchor charts Guidelines for creating effective prompts Applications across content areas, with corresponding assessments Rubrics and protocols for listening to student speech Transcripts of conversations and questions for reflection Companion website with video and downloadable resources Tens of thousands of students in the upper grades have reaped the benefits of academic conversations: high-quality face-to-face interactions, increased motivation, stronger collaborative argumentation skills, and better understanding and retention of content. The K-3 Guide to Academic Conversations is that resource for providing your primary students with the same powerful learning opportunities.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners and STEAM

Academic Conversation Prompts and Observation Protocol To facilitate student ... To start academic conversations, students were provided with a contextual ...

Author: Pamela Spycher

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 9781641136075

Category: Education

Page: 413

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Multilingual students, multidialectal students, and students learning English as an additional language constitute a substantial and growing demographic in the United States. But these groups of students tend to receive unequal access to and inadequate instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM), with their cultural and linguistic assets going largely unacknowledged and underutilized. The need for more information about quality STEAM education for culturally and linguistically diverse students is pressing. This book seeks to address this need, with chapters from asset-oriented researchers and practitioners whose work offers promising teaching and learning approaches in the STEAM subjects in K-16 education settings. Authors share innovative ways in which classroom teachers integrate disciplinary reading, writing, discussion, and language development with content knowledge development in STEAM subjects. Also shared are approaches for integrating indigenous epistemologies, culturally sustaining pedagogy, and students’ linguistic resources and life experiences into classroom teaching. The value of quality STEAM education for all students is an equity issue, a civics issue, and an economic issue. Our technologically-driven, scientifically-oriented, innovative society should be led by diverse people with diverse ways of approaching and being in the world. This book aims to make quality STEAM education a reality for all students, taking into account the many perspectives, bodies of knowledge, and skills they bring from a range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, with the ultimate goal of strengthening the fields that will drive our society towards the future. There are three primary audiences for this book: teachers (both in-service and pre-service teachers), teacher educators (both pre-service preparation and professional learning); and applied researchers. Whatever their current or evolving role, readers are encouraged to use this book and the inquiry questions provided at the end of each chapter as a launching point for their own important work in achieving equity in STEAM education.

Academic Language Academic Literacy

Students from poverty and those that lack the academic language of school often avoid ... Most classroom conversations are teacher-centered with the typical ...

Author: Eli R. Johnson

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 9781412971324

Category: Education

Page: 140

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This practical guide provides 36 hands-on strategies for helping ELLs learn the necessary skills to decipher academic language in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Word Nerds

We begin with instructional conversation (Tharp and Gallimore 1991). ... Many examples of student-to-student academic discussions are included in the pages ...

Author: Brenda J. Overturf

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 9781571109545

Category: Education

Page: 176

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Word Nerds takes you inside classrooms at a high-poverty urban school and shows how two teachers implement creative, flexible vocabulary instruction that improves their students' word knowledge and confidence, enhances classroom community, and increases achievement. Leslie Montgomery and Margot Holmes Smith weave vocabulary into each school day using multisensory instruction that includes music, art, literature, movement, games, drama, writing, test-taking skills, and technology. Along the way, they turn every student into a lover of language. With support from literacy specialist Brenda Overturf, Leslie and Margot have developed a five-part plan--introducing new words in context, adding related synonyms and antonyms, engaging students in several days of active learning, celebrating new words, and assessing vocabulary development--that teaches all students to learn and love vocabulary. This easy-to-read reference explains how to plan, teach, and assess based on the latest research in vocabulary instruction and learning. Forget copying definitions from the dictionary and completing boring worksheets! Word mastery comes from intimate knowledge of language. From prediction to practice to performance, students from all backgrounds can discover how to make words their own. After incorporating Leslie's and Margot's vocabulary plan into your daily instruction, you and your students can become word nerds, too!

English Language Arts Research and Teaching

But everyone, including the students, knows it is play (as indicated by the ... side as it distinguishes engagement in the academic conversation (valuing ...

Author: Russel K. Durst

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781315465609

Category: Education

Page: 270

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Taking as a starting point the most enduring insights to emerge from acclaimed researcher Arthur Applebee’s scholarship, this volume brings together leading experts to fully examine his work for its explanatory power and its potential to shape current and future research agendas. Focused on the ways in which students learn, schools teach, and assessors evaluate the forms and uses of language needed to flourish and grow, Applebee’s work reconceptualized how educators view language development and use in relation to schooling. Organized around three themes—Considering Curriculum as Conversation; Writing as a Tool for Learning; Talking it Out: Class Discussion and Literary Understanding—the 14 fascinating chapters in this book extend and challenge Applebee’s insights.

Assessing Language and Literacy with Bilingual Students

Teaching Structured Academic Conversations Emergent bilinguals must have ample opportunities to practice academic language with educator support.

Author: Lori Helman

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 9781462540884

Category: Education

Page: 230

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From expert authors, this book guides educators to conduct assessments that inform daily instruction and identify the assets that emergent bilinguals bring to the classroom. Effective practices are reviewed for screening, assessment, and progress monitoring in the areas of oral language, beginning reading skills, vocabulary and comprehension in the content areas, and writing. The book also addresses how to establish schoolwide systems of support that incorporate family and community engagement. Packed with practical ideas and vignettes, the book focuses on grades K–6, but also will be useful to middle and high school teachers. Appendices include reproducible forms that can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

Teaching with Children s Literature

We recommend engaging often in similar discussions about text preferences with students, but we also want to expand on other types of productive academic ...

Author: Margaret Vaughn

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 9781462547234

Category: Education

Page: 156

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Machine generated contents note: Foreword, Elfrieda H. Hiebert -- 1. Introduction: Beliefs about Children's Literature -- 2. What Is Purposeful Teaching with Literature? -- 3. What Matters When Teaching with Literature in the Classroom? -- 4. What Do Books Have to Offer? -- 5. How Can We Help Students Understand the Books They Read? -- 6. How Can We Encourage Students to Read Widely? -- 7. How Can We Incorporate Expository Text Purposefully? -- 8. How Can We Use Writing and Discussing to Make Sense of Reading? -- 9. How Can We Encourage Reading Beyond the Classroom? -- 10. How Do We Put It All Together? -- Appendix A. Books to Support Student Agency -- Appendix B. Books to Talk about Visioning with Students -- Appendix C. Books by Genre -- Appendix D. Book Awards -- Appendix E. Popular Series Books -- Appendix F. Book Club Choices -- Appendix G. Children's and Teen Choice Awards -- References -- Children's Literature -- Children's Literature by Appendix -- Index -- .

Addressing the Needs of All Learners in the Era of Changing Standards

Thus, academic language and vocabulary development begins with authentic, academic conversations. Zwiers and Crawford (2011) argue, “Sadly, academic talk is ...

Author: Katherine S. McKnight

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781475818581

Category: Education

Page: 250

View: 181


The new standards were written to address the harsh realities for poor performance of American students across all grades levels, k-12. According to NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) data, more than 60% of our students in grades 4, 8, and 12 are not proficient readers and the United States is one of the lowest performing in mathematics. The statistics are even more staggering for our children who live in poverty, students with disabilities and English Language Learners. The new standards have sent a clear message: all students must be engaged deeper learning. This deeper level of understanding and comprehension is communicated through a more sophisticated and independent level of applied literacy skills. In this book, some of our leading educators envision the standards as a vehicle to provide more rigorous instruction and illustrate how teachers are uniquely qualified to determine the most effective methods for developing students’ skills and close the achievement gap.

Exploring Grammar Through Texts

Including Students in Academic Conversations: Principles and Strategies for Teaching Theme-Based Writing Courses across the Disciplines.

Author: Cornelia Paraskevas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000199925

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 206

View: 603


This textbook provides an innovative introduction to core areas of grammar: a systematic guide to the structure of English, arranged hierarchically from the word to the sentence to the paragraph level. Using a linguistic framework, activities and exercises, and diverse authentic texts, the book connects grammar knowledge to writing development, strengthening student understanding of language as a tool for text construction. Students of linguistics and English language will develop foundational knowledge about grammar and texts, as will writing students. Aligning with state curricular standards around the world, the book will be particularly useful for students of English Education.

The California ELD Standards Companion

Students can begin with opinions about familiar topics such as their favorite ice cream or color, and then have more academic conversations such as their ...

Author: Ivannia Soto

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 9781544301266

Category: Education

Page: 200

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Just for California teachers! California teachers: you’re going to love this! Here at last is that single teaching resource for making the critical link between our ELD Standards and the CCSS ELA Standards. Standard by standard, you’ll quickly discover how to integrate language development into your day-to-day content instruction, armed with an insider’s understanding of how best to support our many English learners. Modeled after Jim Burke’s Common Core series, this Grades K-2 volume of The California ELD Standards Companion is every bit “that version of the standards you wish you had” because it’s just so easy to digest and apply. It’s all here: Horizontal and vertical views reveal how each ELD Standard changes and progresses grade by grade and proficiency level by proficiency level. What the Student Does Sections, also scannable by grade and proficiency level, unpack in student-friendly language what meeting a standard looks like in practice. CCSS ELA Standards are displayed side by side with California’s ELD Standards so you can appreciate the purposeful alignment between the two as the basis for remodeling instructional practice. What the Teacher Does Sections provide specific instructional guidance by grade band, including student prompts and tips for differentiation across proficiency level. A dedicated vocabulary section offers a quick-reference glossary of key words and phrases as they are used within each ELD Standard. Each section concludes with a vignette from the California ELA/ELD Framework to illustrate exemplary standards-based instruction. Thanks to the ELD Standards, we are now free to teach our ELs the way we knew best all along: language and content taught hand in hand across the school day. Lean on Ivannia Soto and Linda Carstens’ California ELD Standards Companion as your one-stop guide for delivering that excellent education our ELs so deeply deserve.

Assessing and Improving Student Writing in College

“AssessmentoftheWriting Component within a University General Education ... T. Including Students in Academic Conversations: Principles andStrategies ...

Author: Barbara E. Walvoord

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118559185

Category: Education

Page: 144

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Step-by-step guidance for shaping better writers while keeping faculty workloads manageable Effective communication is a critical skill for many academic disciplines and careers, and so colleges and universities and their faculty members are rightfully committed to improving student writing across the curriculum. Guiding and assessing student writing in classrooms, general education, and departments takes knowledge, planning, and persistence, but it can be done effectively and efficiently. Written in the concise, accessible style Barbara Walvoord is known for, Assessing and Improving Student Writing in College: A Guide for Institutions, General Education, Departments, and Classrooms offers administrators, program chairs, general education leaders, and classroom instructors the guidance they need. The book provides concrete suggestions for how to: Articulate goals for student writing Measure student writing Improve student writing Document that improvement The book begins by addressing four basic concepts: what we mean by writing, what we mean by "good" writing, how students learn to write, and the purposes of assessment. Next, Walvoord explains the various approaches and methods for assessing writing, urging a combination of them adapted to the institution's purposes and political context. After this introduction, successive chapters offer realistic, practical advice to institution-wide and general education leaders, department members, and classroom instructors. Walvoord addresses issues such as how to engage faculty, how to use rubrics, how to aggregate assessment information at the department and institutional levels, and how to report assessment information to accreditors. The chapter for classroom instructors offers practical suggestions: how to add more writing to a course without substantially increasing the grading load; how to construct writing assignments, how to make grading and responding more effective and time-efficient, how to address grammar and punctuation, and how to support students whose native language is not English. The book also includes four helpful appendices: a taxonomy of Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and Writing in the Disciplines (WID) programs; sample outlines for faculty development workshops; a student survey on teaching methods instructors can use to inform their choices in the classroom; and a student self-check cover sheet designed to help students take ownership of their own learning and responsibility for turning in complete, correct assignments. Practical, step-by-step guidance for each point in the assessment and improvement process creates a cohesive, institution-wide system that keeps students, faculty, and administrators on the same page.

Teaching English Language Learners

ELLs and other students who consistently hear these phrases begin to use them to extend academic conversations within their small groups and with the larger ...

Author: Michaela Colombo

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412980296

Category: Education

Page: 261

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Forty evidence-based strategies for teaching English language learners Ideal as a supplementary text for a variety of courses, a guide for in-service teachers, and for professional development settings, Teaching English Language Learners: 42 Strategies for Successful K-8 Classrooms provides non-ESL teachers of all content areas a broad, practical approach to teaching English language learners in the regular classroom setting. Key Features - TESOL standards for students and teachers are outlined in the first chapter and aligned with the content of the book. - The 42 strategies are divided into 4 key sections: assessment, management, lesson delivery and instruction, and building home-school connections. - Each strategy includes a discussion of underlying theory, a step-by-step procedure for implementation, a description of the strategy in action, and reflection exercises, which can be completed individually or used for in-class discussion.

A Framework for Culturally Responsive Practices

her conversations with students. ... Providing Structures That Promote Academic Conversation As noted previously, participation in academic conversations ...

Author: Rebecca Powell

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9781975504175

Category: Education

Page: 250

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What are the elements of culturally responsive and sustaining instruction? How can these elements be implemented in classrooms? One of the most effective methods of addressing these issues is the Culturally Responsive Instruction Observation Protocol (CRIOP), which is being used in school districts nationwide to guide teacher professional development. A Framework for Culturally Responsive Practices presents scholarship in second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, culturally appropriate assessment, educational anthropology, educational psychology, instruction, and critical pedagogy to provide guidance to those who strive to teach in ways that meet the needs of a diverse student population. The book is a culmination of the authors’ many years of experience as both researchers and instructional coaches in schools, presenting a comprehensive portrait of the research and practices associated with culturally responsive teaching. Each chapter showcases a different element of the CRIOP, providing supporting research as well as ways to implement the element in K-8 classrooms. The book also includes several specific examples written by teachers in the field and a comprehensive bibliography. This is a practical guide that can be used in a variety of courses for pre-service teachers as well as by teachers and administrators in school districts across the country. Perfect for courses such as: Teaching in a Diverse Society, Multicultural Education, Effective Teaching Practices in Elementary/Middle School, Cultural and Social Foundations of Education, Teaching Diverse Populations, Sociocultural Perspectives in Education, Educational Perspectives in a Global Society, Educational Inequality, Urban Studies

From Words to Wisdom

Teacher–Student Academic Conversation Conversations offer an opportunity for guided practice, particularly when you engage with one student or a small group ...

Author: Erica M. Barnes

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 9780807779835

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


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This practical guide shows teachers how to introduce academic language to young children, with an emphasis on appreciating and leveraging linguistic diversity. New educational standards are asking students to master content-area concepts and increasingly complex texts in earlier grades. This practitioner-friendly text provides instructional materials, sample dialogs, and assessment tools to facilitate academic language use in PreK–3 classrooms. The authors describe the word, sentence, and discourse levels of academic language, while encouraging teachers and students to consider purpose, participants, discipline, and context. Strategies are provided to help readers adapt language for a variety of academic purposes across mathematics, science, play, mealtimes, and ELA instruction. The text includes discussion questions, reproducible activities, planning materials, assessment tools, and handouts to facilitate smooth implementation into classroom practice. From Words to Wisdom will empower teachers to build bridges to academic success for all young learners. Book Features: Expands teachers’ understanding of academic language beyond vocabulary to include syntax and discourse-level features.Includes specific strategies, activities, and suggestions for teaching from and with academic language across multiple settings and disciplines.Addresses all students, including multilingual and linguistically diverse speakers.Incorporates user-friendly features, such as text boxes, vignettes, assessment protocols, and sample teaching materials.

Academic Communication Skills

Even many learners with high Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) ... These graduate students need to participate in academic conversations at ...

Author: Li-Shih Huang

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761852803

Category: Education

Page: 128

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This book is an excellent resource for either classroom instruction or for self-study. It provides effective confidence-building strategies that speakers can try when participating in a range of different academic interactions. By guiding both students and instuctors in examining common conversational challenges in academic environments.

Building Academic Language

Make Conversations More Academic Model for students how to turn an informal conversation into a more formal, academic one. Start with an informal, ...

Author: Jeff Zwiers

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780787987619

Category: Education

Page: 295

View: 932


Presents lessons and practical activities to increase language development necessary for academic achievement.

Academic Language in Diverse Classrooms Definitions and Contexts

... small group work so that students can collaborate, interact with each other, and engage in academic conversations in English and their home languages.

Author: Margo Gottlieb

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 9781452234786

Category: Education

Page: 219

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This companion (foundational) book to the six-book series, Academic Language Demands for Language Learners: From Text to Context, encapsulates the broad ideas of the series by presenting the evolving theory behind the construct of academic language, a definition and examples of each of its components, and a template for direct classroom applicability. Each of the six books in the series is a more detailed, comprehensive treatment of text-based academic language at each grade level and describes the process by which teachers can incorporate academic language into their instructional assessment practices. This foundations book is suitable for use with any (or all) of the six volumes or can be used separately.

Disrupting Pedagogies in the Knowledge Society Countering Conservative Norms with Creative Approaches

Countering Conservative Norms with Creative Approaches Faulkner, Julie ... template-based approach to helping students enter academic conversations, ...

Author: Faulkner, Julie

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781613504963

Category: Education

Page: 366

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"This book examines a range of 'disruptive' approaches, exploring how challenge, dissonance, and discomfort might be mobilized in educational contexts in order to shift taken-for-granted attitudes and beliefs held by both educators and learners"--Provided by publisher.