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An Overview of Language and Learning in Early Childhood Classrooms

In this inquiry cycle we will explore what research says about essential characteristics of high-quality early childhood classroom, establish shared understanding of why talk matters and how language plays a part in literacy learning and future success in reading, and develop awareness about current discourse patterns in the classroom including the range of talk associated with the daily schedule, classroom environment, and different learning activities.  During these discussions we will highlight the role of teacher in fostering quality interactions that promote higher level thinking and creating learning activities that promote dialog and interaction.  Part of this work will be to analyze characteristics of conversations that lead to more engagement in discussion and deeper comprehension of text, with the goal of increasing the quality of talk in the classroom to setting up classroom environments and opportunities in daily schedule for rich conversation and shared ideas.

These tools were created as part of the Literacy Improvement in Rural Education through Collaboration (LIREC) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education