My students love ToggleTalk! From the very beginning of the program, they have been engaged and have enjoyed the stories. So many students are quickly picking up on the concepts and truly retaining them between lessons. I appreciate that the emphasis is not on “the right way” and “the wrong way” to speak, but rather the school way and the home way.
My class has enjoyed Toggle Talk! They are well engaged and excited about the lessons. I hope they continue to learn and enjoy the lessons being presented from Toggle Talk.
My students really love the pictures which I anticipated that they would. For some reason in the book on “A box of broken cookies” the girls did not like Deanna’s hair. They said it didn’t look like braids. I personally think it was cute that they were even comparing their hairstyles. Another reason I enjoy toggle talk is because instead of using “right” and “wrong” to describe Standard Academic English versus African-American English, the model uses “school” and “home” designations, so there’s no judgment attached to either language. One isn’t “better” than the other per se; it’s all about when it’s appropriate to use one form or the other. It’s “this is how you talk in school,” rather than “don’t talk like that."
A teacher was telling me about a conversation in her class that I thought was interesting. The class was reading about or talking about a basketball game and the teacher asked them if the clothing worn at the game would be considered formal or informal. Apparently the class figured out that it is informal, UNLESS you are a player or referee, because then you would have to wear a UNIFORM. I thought that was pretty smart!
I wanted to let you know about just one of the ahhh moments with ToggleTalk. I had just completed lesson 2 of Lizzie Jones and the Hula Hoop Strut. Two of my students were engaged in reading during Guided Reading. They came to the page where the characters were setting the glasses on the table. Both students read “glass” instead of “glasses”. I pointed out that that there was more than one glass being placed on the table therefore we but the “s” on the end of the word. I then presented it to the entire class. Since then I have had several opportunities to ask “is there just one or are there more than one? If more than one what should be on the end of the word?” I need say no more. They have it!