chapter
Introduction
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The aim of this book is to help teachers and others involved in classroom learning and teaching, such as teaching assistants (TAs) and trainee teachers, to develop children’s talk for learning through a series of workshops, each of which is focused on developing a talk for learning related skill. The intended outcome is children who are confident in using talk to engage in collaborative work and develop their thinking and learning, with or without the presence of the teacher or another adult. Our experience tells us that this takes time and the quality of talk in some of the initial activities may be limited. Follow the activities through each stage, however, and it is possible to notice a difference. It is worth tracking this improvement to ensure the impetus to carry on is sustained in the knowledge that progress is being made. Following the programme will also help teachers to reflect on their own use of talk and therefore lead to changes in the quality of teacher-child exchanges.