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The way into thinking skills. The book outlines the importance of talk both at home and in the classroom. It emphasises that talking is more than just communication, it is the way into thinking skills development. How do I know what I think until I've heard myself say it? Some children are never given the opportunity to develop their talking skills in order to structure their thinking. This book addresses this issue head on, with carefully analysed research and a whole host of practical classroom activities to help children into quality talking and deeper thinking.
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What do we learn from class talk?; how do students talk in different classroom situations?; why is class talk a teacher's greatest challenge?; how can you become a top talking teacher?; what is non-verbal language?; how does communication happen?; how can we teach communication? Appendices: puzzle answer; communication questionnaire; language use; COGS Assessment, goals 1 and 10; communication skills rating; the Sage assessment of language and thinking (SALT); Communication Opportunity Group Scheme; speech and language.

What do we learn from class talk?; how do students talk in different classroom situations?; why is class talk a teacher's greatest challenge?; how can you become a top talking teacher?; what is non-verbal language?; how does communication happen?; how can we teach communication? Appendices: puzzle answer; communication questionnaire; language use; COGS Assessment, goals 1 and 10; communication skills rating; the Sage assessment of language and thinking (SALT); Communication Opportunity Group Scheme; speech and language.

About the Author

Rosemary Sage is a qualified speech and language therapist, psychologist and teacher who has worked in many educational and health service contexts. Her main interest is thinking, language and communication - Class talk is a result of many years of practical experience trying to help students to be successful. Rosemary is well known for her work with the Communication Opportunity Group Scheme, which is used in schools to underpin literacy and numeracy work, and at the tertiary and training levels to support personal and professional development.

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'An interesting, enjoyable read, primarily aimed at teachers, though also providing useful pointers for therapists...some excellent ideas for group games. Good value for money.' Sally Gray, Speech and Language Therapy in Practice, Autumn 2006--Sanford Lakoff

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