Interactive read aloud with accountable talk in kindergarten
After noticing that many students rely on the same few to answer the teacher's questions, I wanted to increase student participation through interactive read aloud experiences by having them talk with a partner and as a whole group. Some of the many sources that influenced my thinking included Douglas Barnes, Lucy Calkins, Brian Cambourne, Mem Fox, and Kathryn Mitchell Pierce. Within my Kindergarten class I gave each child a partner. I then taught a speaking or listening skill that was then applied as I read a story and paused to illicit conversations. The results showed an increase in the physical, conversational, and content of their discussions with a partner. However, when it came to applying those skills in a whole group, setting many of their social skills disappeared.
McDowell, Janet Isabelle, "Interactive read aloud with accountable talk in kindergarten" (2007). School of Education Student Capstones and Dissertations. 2005.
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