Classroom Talk for Social Change: Critical Conversations in English Language Arts
Published by: Teachers College Press
Sales Date: 2020-02-14
Published: February 2020
Page Count: 160 Pages
Dimensions: 6.20 x 9.20
160 Pages, 6.20 x 9.20 x 0.60 in
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Learn how to foster critical conversations in English language arts classrooms. This guide encourages teachers to engage students in noticing and discussing harmful discourses about race, gender, and other identities. The authors take readers through a framework that includes knowledge about power, a critical learner stance, critical pedagogies, critical talk moves, and vulnerability. The text features in-depth classroom examples from six secondary English language arts classrooms. Each chapter offers specific ways in which teachers can begin and sustain critical conversations with their students, including the creation of teacher inquiry groups that use transcript analysis as a learning tool.
- Strategies that educators can use to facilitate conversations about critical issues.
- In-depth classroom examples of teachers doing this work with their students.
- Questions, activities, and resources that foster self-reflection.
- Tools for engaging in transcript analysis of classroom conversations.
- Suggestions for developing inquiry groups focused on critical conversations.
Foreword?Rebecca Rogers? ix
Why Do We Need to Have Critical Conversations in Schools??1
2.?What Do Critical Conversations Look Like in Schools??11
How are Critical Conversations Generative in ELA Classrooms??13
Theories that Support Critical Conversations ?16
Tensions of Critical Conversations?19
3.?Building Knowledge About Power and Privilege: Confronting Dominant Narratives?23
Are All Perspectives Equally Valid??27
Dominant Narratives of Gender and Sexuality?28
The Dominant Narrative of Individualism?30
Critical Conversations in Action: Intersections of Gender and Individualism ?31
4.?Engaging a Critical Learner Stance Through Racial Literacy?36
Practicing Critical Self-Reflection?36
What Is Critical Consciousness? ?38
Engaging a Critical Learner Stance Through Racial Literacy?41
Strategies for Practicing a Critical Learner Stance?47
Try It Out: Engaging a Critical Learner Stance to Change Teaching Practice?52
5.?Preparing Students for Critical Conversations: Creating a Critical Space?54
?Reading? Classroom Spaces with a Critical Lens?54
Establishing a Classroom Culture for Critical Conversations?56
Negotiating Tension and Modeling Repair?66
6.?Making Meaning During Critical Conversations?73
Resistance During Critical Conversations?81
7.?Sustaining Critical Conversations Through Critical Talk Moves ?90
Critical Talk Moves?92
Critical Conversations: Carson?s Critical Talk Moves?98
Building Interactional Awareness about Critical Talk Moves?104
8.?Studying Critical Conversations in Teacher Inquiry Groups Using Transcripts?106
What are Inquiry Groups??106
What Did Teachers Say They Learned in the Inquiry Groups??110
What Did Teachers Say They Learned from Analyzing Classroom Talk??111
About the Authors?145