"Talking the process of change and teaching is a necessity for our intellectual and social well-being", says author Regie Routman. Now, in this volume, Routman continues the discussion she began in "Invitations" and further explores the full universe of an effective language arts and literacy programme across the curriculum. Filled with an array of field-tested teaching ideas, detailed strategies, reviews of theory, teacher-crafted lessons, and lists of resources, it aims to help readers become informed, confident professional, and sensitive to students' needs and interests. It incorporates Routman's perspective on important topical issues such as curricular rigour, direct teaching, specific skills and daily monitoring. "Conversations" is grounded in the belief that the connections, interactions, reflections and new thinking that evolve from rich dialogue define what we know. It was written, in part, to spur teachers to challenge assumptions, clarify their own learning, and take the lead in their own professional development.
While this is not a book about a particular methodology, Routman does explore current theory and practice, and supports her views with classroom-based and scientific research. The book is upbeat and practical; each chapter is self-contained and can be read in any order.