Breadcrumbs Week 8

    By Louie

    Hey everyone,

    This week, I read about effective verbal and nonverbal communication in order to better my teaching style.  Effective verbal communication requires teacher to become catalysts for conversation. In order to encourage students to talk about the content or “content talk,” the texts suggests that I assist students by:

    Using advance organizers:

    • This is something I provide in the beginning of a lesson, which basically sums up the new material we're about to learn

    Relating new material to prior knowledge:

    • Relating new content to previous learning or to a student's personal life can help promote content talk, and make new content memorable 

    Elaborating  and extending new information:

    • This can help clarify misunderstandings, and help students develop a more complete understanding of the new concept at hand

    • This can also provide a challenging learning environment for the students who grasp the new content quicker than others

    Organizing  new information:

    • I think that modeling helps students organize new information, but I also like to ask students to share ways they remember the content in case it helps their peers

    The ways students can contribute to content talk are by inquiry and cooperative learning, which I won’t go into detail with because I have before.  I think the important thing is that we promote content talk by incorporating the strategies chapter 8 lays out for teachers, and students simultaneously.  

    The classes I’ve been in always seem to struggle most with behavior management, which is why I think the section on procedural and control talk helps.  Procedural and control talk is important because learning can’t thrive if students are misbehaved. The section says that some ways I (and you guys) can promote procedural and control talk is by:

    • Creating and discussing classroom rules of appropriate behavior

    • Announcing transitions between activities

    • Providing clear instructions and guidance for activities

    • Reminding students periodically of procedures for completing a task

    The last part of the text I read into this week was the nonverbal communication part.  The text reminded me to use “Gestures and behaviors convey information," but to be careful, because they can either support a teacher's words, but sometimes also contradicting them (Seifart, 2015).  I think that nonverbal communication is important, if not more important, than verbal communication because it’s something that I believe is hard to teach. Three ways the text says teachers can convey messages without talking is through:

    1.) Eye contact                     

    2.) Wait time

    3.) Social Distance


    How do you use the strategies above (or to the right) to convey messages to your students?  

    ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

    ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

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