Conversation among children:Answer Key

Conversation among children

Introduction:Conversation among children

This course guides teachers to construct their understanding of the benefits of increasing student talk time through various activities, before moving on to examining the teacher’s role in facilitating this talk.

Finally,it highlights the connection between speaking and literacy development and the importance of supporting children’s language skills through assessment and appropriate use of their language.
By the end of this course, a teacher will learn how to:
1. Increase Student Talk Time by organizing activities where children are encouraged to talk in groups (Informal talk, Exploratory talk).
2. Provide opportunities for children to indulge in Descriptive talk.
3. Critically examine the teacher-directed talk in the classroom (balance with student talk).
4. Analyze the assumptions behind not letting children talk.
5. Understand the theoretical underpinnings of the relationship between
speaking with reading and writing.
6. Deliberate on the usage of the child’s language (respect and build upon it).
7. Assess formal talk on a variety of parameters (clarity, participation etc.).

Conversation among children:Answer Key

Q.1 In Saurabh Ji’s class, he mostly explains everything. According to him, the main responsibility of the teacher is to speak and that of the students is to listen. What do you think about his beliefs about teaching and learning?

Choose the appropriate option(s).

I- Children are like empty pots which need to be filled with knowledge. ✅️
II- Children’s conversation is very important in the classroom.
III- Learning is possible only when teachers explain and children listen. ✅️
IV- Children come to the classroom with their own unique experiences and knowledge.

Q.2 Malini Ji conducts many activities in the class, in which children get many opportunities to interact and share their experiences. Why do you think she emphasizes children’s conversation?

Choose any two most appropriate answers.

I- Children like to speak. This way they will be able to do the thing they like the most.
II- Children’s conversation increases their confidence and active participation in learning. ✅️
III- Children can learn a lot of things from each other during an activity. ✅️
IV- With interactions, the children will be able to do a fun activity in the class.

Conversation among children:Answer Key

Q.3 Sukanya Ji wants to include children’s conversations in the class.

Which of the following would be the best two ways according to you?

I- Asking as many questions as possible for which the children can answer.
II- By giving children more opportunities to work in pairs and in groups. ✅️
III- At the beginning of the topic, let the children share their experiences. ✅️
IV- Asking children to repeat after you.

Q.4 Shyam Lal Ji wants to teach alphabets to the children in his class. What do you think is the best way to start teaching alphabets?

I- Make the students memorize the alphabet one by one.
II- Asking students for examples of words starting with that alphabet. ✅️
III- Writing the alphabets on the board and asking students to copy.
IV- Encircling the same alphabet that appears repeatedly in the poem/lesson.

Conversation among children:Answer Key

Q.5 Tulika Ji wants to form a group to enhance the language proficiency of the students. What do you think would be the best way to group them?

I- Grouping without any specific basis.
II- Grouping on the basis of gender.
III- Grouping on the basis of mixed ability. ✅️
IV- Grouping on the basis of the friendship of the children.

Q.6 Mrinalini Ji asked the children to read the story in pairs and discuss its meaning. What do you think will happen with this?

Choose the most appropriate answer.

I- Children will get a chance to assess each other’s understanding.
II- Mrinalini Ji will be able to get time to do her own work.
III- It will be easier to assess children’s understanding of the lesson.
IV- Children will be able to learn different and new aspects of the story from each other. ✅️

Conversation among children

Q.7 Shailesh Ji likes to use the presentations made by the children in their own words on the topics being taught in the class. What could be the advantages of such an approach?

You can select more than one option.

I- Children will learn to take responsibility for doing most of the work themselves. 
II- Children will get a chance to explain the topic or concept in their own words. ✅️
III- Children will be able to use their imagination and creativity for the presentation. ✅️
IV- It will help to identify the child with the best understanding.

 Q.8 What kinds of questions can be asked in the classroom to encourage exploratory conversation among children?

Choose the correct option(s).

I- Yes-no or one-word answer questions.
II- Questions requiring repetition of what has been taught.
III- Questions asking for evidence for one’s opinion. ✅️
IV- Exemplary questions (MCQs) to explain the topic. ✅

Conversation among children:Answer Key

Q.9 Tulika Ji teaches the lesson “Planning Monu’s Birthday” in which all of Monu’s friends get together and plan a party for him. After teaching the lesson, she divided the students into groups and asked them to plan a birthday celebration for another child in the class. Everyone had to make a list in the group about what all work would have to be done in order to make the birthday a success and what all items would be needed. According to you, what are the benefits of doing this activity?

I- Children will have the opportunity to apply their understanding of the lesson directly. ✅️
II- Children will be able to better understand all the nuances in the lesson from each other. ✅️
III- Children will get a chance to talk about their birthday party.
IV- Children will get a chance to memorize the new words that come in the lesson.

Q.10 Kunal Ji teaches Hindi to the children of class VII. After teaching the lesson on independence, he asks the children to present the lesson in their own words. When a group of children decided to present the lesson in the form of a drama, Kunal Ji did not understand any special advantage of presenting it in the drama. If you had to explain to Kunal Ji the advantage of presenting the lesson in the form of a drama, then which of the given arguments would you use?

Choose the best argument.

I- Drama is difficult to prepare and organize. Children will learn to deal with difficulties.
II- It takes a lot of time to prepare a play. Children will learn to use time properly.
III- Through drama, children will better understand the perspective of freedom fighters and the fight for freedom. ✅️
IV- Children will learn to work together with each other while preparing.

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