Engage preschool children in interactive reading and dialogic reading to improve language and literacy skills.

Preschool children, ages 3 to 5, develop early reading and language skills when teachers use interactive and dialogic reading strategies. In interactive reading, children talk with the teacher about the pictures and story; dialogic reading uses a more systematic method to scaffold adult-child language interaction around storybook reading.

Teachers can help children develop language skills by engaging them before, during, and/or after reading the text through explicit interactive techniques such as asking them to point to the story title, predict what might happen next, and retell story events. Dialogic reading can be used to assess and support oral language and vocabulary development through multiple readings, during which the teacher helps the child become the storyteller by gradually using higher level questions to move the child beyond naming objects in pictures to thinking more about what is happening in the pictures, and how this relates to his own experiences.

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Starting Instructional Discussions Using a Visual Diagram

Coaches and mentors often look for a “starting place” to engage teachers in discussions about how to improve instruction. Here are tips for how to use the visual diagram about classroom practices...

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Designing Coaching and Mentoring Programs

This self-review can be used by technical assistance or professional development providers to help preschool programs think about the key components necessary to establish effective coaching and...

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06/06/2014
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Interactive and Dialogic Reading: Observing and Reflecting on Classroom Practice

This checklist can help teaching and coaching staff reflect on current practice and think about ways to improve the use of interactive and dialogic reading strategies. Coaches and mentors also can...

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06/06/2014
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Learning Together About Interactive and Dialogic Reading

Set up a staff development meeting or series of training sessions to review the “Learn What Works” resources for Interactive and Dialogic Reading using these discussion questions. Related...

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Partnering With a Coach to Improve Instruction

Partnering With a Coach to Improve Instruction

Listen to a coach and teacher discuss how they formed a partnership, the coaching conversations that were most helpful, and the ways they worked together to differentiate instruction for bilingual...

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06/06/2014
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Training Coaches/Mentors to Work With Teachers

Training Coaches/Mentors to Work With Teachers

Listen to a director explain what mentors need to know about modeling, helping teachers develop lesson plans, and providing feedback. As you listen, look at the Mentor Log: Planning On-Site...

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06/06/2014
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Mentor Log: Planning On-Site Training With Teachers

View the log that Tempe uses to help mentors work with preschool teachers to reflect on the results of classroom observations. The project director discusses this method in Training Coaches/Mentors...

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06/06/2014
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Helping Teachers Learn New Practice

Helping Teachers Learn New Practice

A preschool director describes how mentors form reciprocal relationships with teachers; employ observational and assessment data to engage teachers in developing action plans; and use videos to...

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06/06/2014
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Developing a Coaching Program

Developing a Coaching Program

On-site coaching programs are effective in helping teachers implement and sustain good practice. Watch a preschool director and literacy facilitator talk about what coaches need to know and do to...

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06/06/2014
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Vocabulary Teaching Planner for Books

Consider using this planner as a resource to help teachers plan how they will highlight and explicitly teach vocabulary words they have selected from a story. Related Files: Tempe Early...

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06/06/2014
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Preparing a Dialogic Reading Lesson

Use this dialogic reading planning tool to help teachers develop questions and prompts for repeated readings of a storybook using the framework described in A Three-Level Framework for Dialogic...

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06/06/2014
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Daily Lesson Plan for Four-Year-Olds

This daily lesson plan format emphasizes activity planning based on instructional objectives, program standards, and desired learning outcomes and includes an example of interactive reading...

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