Talking, Listening, and Teaching
A Guide to Classroom Communication
- Thomas S. C. Farrell - Brock University, Canada
"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.
"This text speaks to an aspect of teaching that is often neglected in teacher preparation programs and in fact may not be on the radar of practicing teachers. As someone who designs and delivers professional development to practicing teachers, I can see a great deal of use for the ideas in this book. Experienced teachers often find that district-designed, one-size-fits-all PD is not particularly helpful, but this book has the potential to take each and every teacher from where they are right now and contribute to their professional growth."
"This book demystifies the verbal magic that helps teachers turn a classroom into a learning community with lively and engaging discourse. It provides teachers with the instructional elements necessary to orchestrate dialogue into a powerful learning tool. The book helps teachers empower students and give them an appropriate and potent voice in the teaching and learning environment."
"The author is clearly an experienced teacher who has taken an in-depth look at the topic of communication in the classroom."