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Here are a few things you may find useful.. I particularly like this one as you can see the process in action - a lovely piece of documentation too




http://www.skillspac... Fisher doc.pdf





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“Sustained Shared Thinking” is the term used to describe a shared conversation between you and a child which helps to develop the child’s thinking - a quality interaction (not just chatting in between activities or when loads of children are vying for your attention).




How do we start Sustained Shared Thinking?


· Tuning in - sit down at the child’s level, listen carefully to what is being said, observe body language and what the child is doing.


· Showing genuine interest - giving your whole attention (acknowledging others but keeping focus on key child), maintaining eye contact, affirming, smiling, nodding etc


· Respecting children’s own decisions and choices - allowing them to think things through in their own way and by acknowledging each child’s interests.




So, once you have engaged in some interaction/SST with a child, develop and support their thinking by:-


· Inviting him/her to elaborate (“I really want to know more about this.”)


· Asking Open Questions (“How did you…? Why does this…?)


· Recapping (“So you think that…”) or reminding (“Don’t forget that you said…”)


· Offering your own experience (“I like to read my book in bed…”)


· Suggesting (“You might like to try doing it this way…”) - but remember to respect their decisions!


· Offering an alternative viewpoint (“Maybe Goldilocks wasn’t naughty when she ate the porridge…”)


· Speculating (“Do you think the 3 bears were happy when…?”)


· Modelling thinking (“I’ve got so much to do today. I need to do my shopping, take the cat to the vets and go to the library. I won’t have time to do all those things…”)



I got this from someone on here I think

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