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Hands Down, Speak Out

Listening and talking across literacy and math

How can we lay the groundwork for classroom conversations that are less teacher-directed and more conducive to student-to-student dialogue?

This unique book offers an innovative discourse structure in which students’ ideas and voices take the lead while teachers focus on listening and facilitating. In addition to classroom stories and examples, Christy and Kassia provide 28 micro-lessons designed to help K–5 students develop and exercise their speaking and listening muscles. Inside Hands Down, Speak Out you’ll learn how to:

  • Build talk communities that are accessible to everyone, especially those whose voices are traditionally left out of classroom discourse
  • Analyze classroom conversations in order to plan next steps for developing the classroom talk community
  • Plan and facilitate three types of conversation across literacy and math

Christy and Kassia believe that the development of dialogue skills is worth the investment of time not only because it has the power to deepen our understanding of literacy and mathematics, but also to deepen our understanding of ourselves, our communities, and the world.

Author(s): Kassia Omohundro Wedekind and Christy Thompson

Pages: 248 Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 9781625312693

Price: $ 61.95
All book orders receive a 10% discount