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Talking, Listening, and Teaching

Talking, Listening, and Teaching
A Guide to Classroom Communication

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August 2009 | 120 pages | Corwin

"This book demystifies the verbal magic that helps turn a classroom into a learning community with lively and engaging discourse. Teachers will find the instructional elements for orchestrating dialogue that gives students an appropriate and potent voice in the teaching and learning environment."
—Neal A. Glasgow, Teacher, San Dieguito Union High School District, CA
Author, What Successful Teachers Do

Boost student participation and learning by fostering effective communication in your classroom!

Talking, Listening, and Teaching demonstrates how important it is for teachers to understand and monitor classroom communication patterns and resolve problems that may hamper students' learning. Using examples from real classrooms, the author explains

  • How classroom talk is different from communication outside the classroom
  • How to gather and analyze data about classroom talk
  • What type of questioning generates good discussions
  • Why and how to give feedback to students
  • How nonverbal communication impacts the classroom

This insightful guide to classroom communication, featuring provocative "Thinking About Your Own Classroom" questions, is ideal for teacher study groups and benefits all educators who wish to effectively manage this important aspect of teaching and learning.

About the Author
1. Talking, Listening, Teaching: Understanding Classroom Communication
Mary's Class: An Illustration

What Is Communication?

What Is Classroom Communication?

Talking and Listening

A Framework for Understanding Classroom Communication

Studying Communication Patterns

Reflecting on Classroom Communication

2. I Treat Them All the Same: Supporting Classroom Communicative Competence
"I Treat Them All the Same"

What Is Classroom Communicative and Interactional Competence

Home and School Communication Differences

Gender Differentiation

Communication Apprehension

Reflecting on Classroom Communicative Competence

3. You Talk Like a Teacher: Collecting and Analyzing Classroom Communication
Basic Classroom Communication Structure

Variability in Classroom Communication Structure

How to Examine Classroom Communication Patterns

Reflecting on Classroom Communication Data

4. Why Don't They Do What I Ask? Developing Effective Classroom Participation
A Bad Beginning

Organizing Effective Classroom Participation

Teacher Talk

Reflecting on Effective Classroom Participation

5. What Is 2+2? Examining Teachers' Questions
Informant Questioning Strategies

Types of Teacher Questions

Ways of Directing Questions

Characteristics of Good Teacher Questions

Characteristics of Unproductive Questions

Teacher Wait-Time

Reflecting on Teachers' Questions

6. OK! Good! Exploring Teacher Feedback
Purposes of Teacher Feedback

Teacher Feedback Strategies

Unproductive Teacher Feedback

Reflecting on Teacher Feedback

7. Two Heads Are Better Than One: Utilizing Learner Groupings
Turn Allocation in Whole-Class Grouping

Small Groups/Pairwork

Making Groups Work

Reflecting on Learner Groupings

8. I See What You're Saying: Recognizing Nonverbal Communication in the Classroom
Functions of Nonverbal Communication

Types of Nonverbal Communication

Teachers' Use of Nonverbal Behaviors in the Classroom

Reflecting on Nonverbal Communication

9. Professional Development: Reflecting on Classroom Communication and Interaction
Reflective Practice as Professional Development

Thinking About Your Own Classroom

Reflecting on Classroom Communication and Interaction

Key features
  • Clear, non-technical explanations of common classroom communication patterns
  • Concise, accessible demonstrations of how to code and analyze classroom transcripts
  • Examples drawn from real classrooms, at all grade levels and content areas

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

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