Advices for professional teachers

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Considerations for teachers

  • The importance of teacher-child conversation for children’s continuing language development
  • Value the children’s talks and ideas for their understanding of the world
  • Children will gain indirectly from such conversation through the teacher’s increased understanding of their ideas
  • Children differ, individually and culturally, in how much they know they will offer in answer. Without teacher requests them to “say more”, some children’s knowledge will be seriously underestimated
  • Teachers need to attend to their students’ inner meanings instead of their surface behaviours (Scheffler, 1968)
  • Language development is crucial to learning because it is through language that young children construct meaning and communicate with others. (Exploring language; A handbook for teachers, p. 8)