Thick and Thin Conversations

"Thick" conversations are the extended back-and-forth exchanges between a teacher and a child. This in-service suite describes teaching practices to engage children in "thick" conversations.

Supporting Materials

Tips for Teachers [PDF, 53KB]

Tips for Teachers: Dual Language Learners [PDF, 100KB]

Tips for Teachers: Poster Set [PDF, 220KB]

Tools for Teachers [PDF, 204KB]

Tips for Families [PDF, 223KB]

Tools for Supervisors [PDF, 102KB]

Helpful Resources [PDF, 88KB]

Materials for Trainers

Presentation [PPTX, 117MB]

Optional Slide [PPTX, 1.0MB]

Presenter Notes [PDF, 1.4MB]

Learning Activity: Video Review [PDF, 88KB]

Learning Activity: Conversation Practice Vignettes [PDF, 84KB]

Learning Activity: Developing an Action Plan [PDF, 81KB]

Supplemental Videos [PPTX, 155MB]

Supplemental Videos: Dual Language Learners [PPTX, 55MB]

To view these materials without Internet access, download Thick and Thin Conversations 15-minute In-service Suite [ZIP, 330MB]. Please ensure your computer meets the minimum system requirements before downloading.

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Last Updated: June 6, 2018