Communication for the Classroom Teacher

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-07-19
  • Publisher: Pearson

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This text provides prospective and current teachers with the skills and knowledge to understand and improve their own and their students' communication behavior. By combining theory and practical advice, this text focuses on the rationale for using certain communication strategies and guidance on how to implement them. COMMUNICATION FOR THE CLASSROOM TEACHER covers a wide range of classroom communication issues, including interpersonal and small group communication; listening skills; verbal and nonverbal communication (from both the teacher's and student's perspective); instructional strategies such as lecturing, discussions, and storytelling; teacher influence; ethical considerations; and racism/sexism in the classroom.

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Communication Competence 

Chapter 1: Foundations of Classroom Communication

Communication Education

The Relationship between Theory, Research, and Practice  

Units of the Text  

Classroom Communication  

Classroom Communication Competence  

Classroom Communication Climate  

Teaching Diverse Students  


Chapter 2: Interpersonal Communication

Relationship Development

Communication Variables in Interpersonal Relationships 

Out of Class Communication  


Chapter 3: Listening

The Importance of Listening  

What Is Listening?  

Types of Listening  


Barriers to Effective Listening  

Improving Listening Skills  

Active Listening


Chapter 4: Language

The Importance and Characteristics of Language

Verbal Communication

Nonverbal Communication


Unit 2: Instructional Strategies


Chapter 5: Sharing Information

Instructional Strategies

Advantages and Disadvantages of the Lecture Method

Preparing the Lecture

Deliver the Lecture

Communication Barriers to Effective Lecturing

Evaluating Your Lecture Skills


Chapter 6: Leading Classroom Discussions

Choosing the Discussion Method

Characteristics of the Discussion Method

Planning the Discussion

Facilitating the Discussion

Motivating Student Preparation for Participation in Class  

Student Communication Apprehension  

Evaluating Your Discussion Skills


Chapter 7: Small Group Communication

Advantages and Disadvantages of the Small Group Method

Definition of a Small Group  

Teacher Roles 


Student Roles

Observing and Evaluating Small Groups


Chapter 8: Communicative Reading and Storytelling

What is Communicative Reading?

Preparing the Selection

Delivering the Selection


Storytelling Techniques


Unit 3: Communication Impact


Chapter 9: Influence

Ethical Considerations

Classroom Management

Power and Compliance

Handling Disruptive Students  

Handling Crisis Situations


Chapter 10: Communication Concerns

Sexism in the Classroom


Racism and Classism in the Classroom


Strategies for Change



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