Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk That Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings
About the Course
Developing students’ academic language and conversation skills are crucial to academic success. This book study analyzes Academic Conversations; Classroom Talk That Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings by Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford. It describes the five skills students need for strong academic conversations. Participants will read, reflect and create lessons plans to teach students to have more productive conversations in class that will deepen understandings about content, vocabulary and big ideas. This course is best for teachers in grades 3-12 who want to focus on improving the language skills of their students including English Language Learners.
- Academic Conversations; Classroom Talk That Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings by Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Implement activities and strategies to foster academic conversations.
- Establish and maintain structures for academic conversations.
- Develop lessons that foster conversation and critical thinking skills.
- Create and identify assessments that evaluate language skills.
Kelli Crowe is an English Language Specialist in the Cherry Creek School district who co-teaches in the classroom with K-5 teachers. She collaborates with teachers to make content comprehensible, develops students’ English language and shares strategies for effective teaching.
After working for six years in Aurora Public Schools as a classroom teacher in 4th, 3rd and 1st grades, she moved to Cherry Creek where she has taught for the last 5 years. She is continuously inspired by her students and believes they all deserve a positive and rigorous environment with many opportunities for success. Students need passionate teachers who deliver quality instruction that helps them think critically while providing many opportunities for learning. Her dedication to English Language Development has driven her to learn and grow so she can support students to improve their English and reach grade level proficiency.
Kelli is thrilled to be facilitating classes on Copilot. She is excited to share her expertise in English Language Development and looks forward to collaborating with teachers to develop students thinking and learning so they can succeed.
Kelli earned a BA in Journalism from Metropolitan University, a MA in Elementary Education from the University of Denver and her Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement from Regis University.