SHOW/TELL We've all had that moment in a test where we're unsure of the answer and so write everything we know - a jumbled mix of important and unimportant details that ends up just being too much. Or, maybe it's something that we know lots about and so we want to share every stored fact and opinion (and then some). This is a perfect opportunity to help the kids hone in on what's important, and use language in a clear and sequenced way to elaborate.
But language isn't enough, you need to have a level of social awareness! And show and tell is filled with great teachable moments that encourage kids to notice and use peers as a way to monitor themselves when presenting. Are you using enough detail or perhaps not enough - how does one tell? Well, is it harder or easier to listen to someone when they go into every minute detail? Harder! You fidget, zone out, frustrate, get bored etc. So, in addition to being an opportunity to work on the language skills involved in explaining and describing this is the perfect chance for them to notice and use their partner's subtle (or not so subtle) behaviors to regulate their own output. Supporting the language aspect in tandem with the social awareness also helps the kids explore what factors make a detail more or less relevant. For example, if you know your audience loves vehicles how might that sway your delivery? Where would you focus your descriptions?
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