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  • Rita Bouchard

    Any learner at any stage of language development/acquisition needs to speak to develop this skill. I find it interesting that mostly k-12 educational settings still find that managing students means that they need to be seen and not heard. There is a continuous need for educators within any educational environment to look at how learners are learning and to see the value in discourse to develop and exchange ideas, new understandings, which will in turn lead to more language being learned.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Talking to newborns and infants is absolutely important. Pointing out what they're looking at or talking to them about their feelings is key for them learning how to understand themselves and their surroundings. I got an Early Childhood Development Certificate, and the things I learned about how brains develop in early childhood was so eye-opening. We're even continuing to develop as adults and we can always rewire our brains- the key is putting ourselves and children in new learning environments frequently.

    • Terri Hammer

      This goes on in every school I've ever worked in be it public, private, or charter. "Be still and be quiet!" It's the mantra recited over and over again by teachers and staff. I work in "after" school programs and they do it there as well. I mean, after school or after work, does anyone want to have to continue being still and quiet? These kids, including myself, are busting at the seams to interact and socially engage with one another. This is how skills are developed - through actual practice.
      I've learned a lot myself, through professional development classes, workshops, and reading on my own, along with work experience. For some reason, a lot of professionals in the educational field simply don't apply what they've learned. I've even experienced resistance from my co-workers when I tried to do so.
      It is really such a privilege to get to work with kids. They are not only so funny, smart, and delightful, but the work itself is so interesting and meaningful.
      You've got it Alessandra, about getting ourselves and the kids into "new learning environments."
      Where is the joy in teaching when you're commanding children all day to go against what they are naturally geared to do as part of their brain and childhood development?

      • trainrgrl

        Amen!!! I am a preschool special education teacher. We still have to explain to parents why THEY should talk to their kids!! I see this all the time as well. I try to run a "language rich environment" for my students daily.

        • Terri Hammer

          Many parents and teachers are clueless when it comes to kids. Parents, I understand because just about anyone and everyone can become a parent, and with so little knowledge and preparation, but teachers? I think, they think it's an easy degree to get or job to do. As we know, it's many things, but easy it is not. And, it's not a money solution either.
          It takes an incredible amount of effort, support, and creativity to be effective in such an archaic, restrictive educational system.
          It's time for some real change to take place where children are concerned. We can start with our "system" of education.