Extending Oral Language, Small Group Kindergarten (Video 7 of 7)
SMALL GROUP READING TO EXTEND ORAL LANGUAGE
Watch as the teacher leads a reading lesson with a small group of kindergarten children.
The teacher invites each child to look at the pictures in the book and asks the child open questions about the story. Most of all, the teacher prompts the child to use their own words. She also asks the children questions starting with “which” and “where” to encourage the flow of communication. The teacher encourages the children to “add into the thinking,” while supporting their ideas and concepts.
As a result, the child displays a curious interest and communicates their thoughts about the book with the group.
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Debra Crouch works nationally as an independent literacy consultant, collaborating with districts and schools in designing professional learning opportunities. Her work empowers teachers, principals, and coaches to envision instructional decisions that matter for children—decisions about processes for learning that unfold over time, across texts and among practices. She actively shares her thinking and practices through long-term professional learning opportunities with districts across the country serving children from diverse backgrounds, languages, and socioeconomic needs.