Patrick Allen, author of multiple professional development books with Stenhouse Publishers, spoke with Mike McQueen about building background knowledge with readers. Listen to the interview below, especially the 14:22 minute mark when they talk about “How to Develop Listening Skills”.
Patrick Allen’s Background Info
Mike McQueen: Can you tell us about your professional experience as a teacher and author?
What is Background Knowledge & Why is it Important?
Mike McQueen: Can you give us an overview of what Background knowledge is and why it’s important? – 2:15
Assessing Student Background Knowledge
Mike McQueen: How do we assess their background knowledge? -4:30
- Assessments. – 7:05
- One-on-One conferences
Building Background Knowledge in Readers
Mike McQueen: How do you build background knowledge? 9:45
- Modeling vs. Demonstrating – 10:14
- Metacognition – 11:02
- Charting / recording student thinking
- Think Alouds
- Gradual Release of Responsibility – 11:35
How to Get Students to Collaborate
Mike McQueen: How do you get kids to work with each other (to build background knowledge) if they are shy & disengaged? – 12:35
- Create situations that put learners on level playing field.
- Safe situations
- Tone of our classrooms.
- Shyness = looking incompetent w/ others.
- Kids need to feel safe
- Kids need wait time.
How to Develop Listening Skills – 14:22
Mike McQueen: What are some ways that we can develop listening skills in our students? If we don’t teach kids to be patient & listen to each other, they won’t take risks to move forward in their learning.
- Peter Johnson, Choice Words
- Need for clarification
Advice for Teachers
Mike McQueen – If someone listening hasn’t done these things, what advice would you give them? 16:22
- If we’re going to ask kids to activate and use their background knowledge, then we must do the same thing. Find that one person who will give you support.
- He invites teachers to watch him. He visits others. Weekly meetings for 10 years.
- Read a lot – professionally.
Advice for Parents
Mike’s Question: What advice do you have for parents to build background knowledge for their children? – 18:35