Talking Time – the importance of talking for learning, and how changing our language use can encourage children to talk more.”
Aileen Kelly, Primary Teacher
Douglas Barnes (1976) contended that “learning floats on a sea of talk”. If this is the case, then why are so many of our learners still drowning in silence? This session will share the results of a collaborative professional enquiry looking at how practitioners can adapt their use of language to encourage children to engage in and extend their dialogue in the classroom. There were two main strands to this enquiry, introducing play-based communication activities, and altering practitioner language to shift the balance of power in classroom dialogue.