In this episode, Sue Kempton and Michelle Jones discuss the importance of promoting rich talk for young learners. Sue shares how to establish rituals and routines for promoting discourse in a primary classroom, the connections between community, planning and discourse, and the ways in which a classroom with rich discourse promotes literacy development for each and every student. Sue Kempton is an expert in early childhood literacy, creating classroom culture, promoting opportunities for rich talk, and play-based learning environments. Sue was a kindergarten teacher in the Denver Public Schools for thirty years and served as a PEBC Lab Host and Staff Developer. Sue is now an independent consultant who works around the country supporting the development of high quality full day kindergarten programs. She is also the author of The Literate Kindergarten and Let’s Find Out: Building Content Knowledge with Young Children.
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