By Different Paths To Common Outcomes

Description This collection of readings is about all children and the early years of schooling. It brings together for educators and classroom teachers significant new, previously unpublished articles (Chapters 4, 10, and 14) as well as several of Dr. Clay's seminal papers. Here she reiterates for new teachers many of the concerns that lie at the heart of her work with young children - the sensitive observation of the constructive child, the challenges of early encounters with how we put language down in print (Concepts About Print), introducing storybooks to children, and how we can better adapt to diversity in our classrooms. Other emphases that emerge in her new articles call for changes in how teachers think about three things: literacy awareness as it develops before and after the transition to school, the power of writing for all children in early literacy encounters, and conversation as a tool for vastly improving teaching interactions. Marie Clay focuses on many reciprocal connections - how one kind of learning supports another - between oral language and reading, between writing and reading, between theory and practice. She believes that practice informs theory and theory informs practice in a circular and continuing set of relationships. Teachers who want to go beyond their present practice must get into the writings of those who challenge their expectations on how best to meet the needs of their very diverse children. Each chapter in this collection - from the glimpses of some fascinating children to some strong challenges to basic assumptions about literacy teaching - could provide a centerpiece for a workshop, the background reading for several group discussions, or an opportunity for practicing teachers to bring their experience face to face with a text that challenges.

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Table Of Contents

Foreword by Margaret Mooney
Part One: Children Come to School by Different Paths
Children's Language
Conversation as One Model of Teaching Interactions
Tomai, the Storyteller
Literacy Awareness: From Acts to Awareness
Developmental Learning Puzzles Me
A Fable
Part Two: Understanding What Children Know
Looking and Seeing in the Classroom
Using the Concepts About Print Task with School Entrants
Concepts About Print in English and Other Languages
The Power of Writing in Early Literacy
Fostering Independence in Writing
Introducing Storybooks to Young Readers
Constructive Processes: Reading, Writing, Talking, Art, and Crafts
Part Three: The Challenge of Helping All Children to Become Literate
The Challenge of Literacy Improvement
Ashok's Story from India
Accommodating Diversity in Early Literacy Learning
Child Development and Literacy Learning/References.

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