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8.8: The Bottom Line- Messages Sent, Messages Reconstructed

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    As we have explained in this chapter, teachers and students communicate in multiple, overlapping ways. Communications may often be expressed in words— but not necessarily and not completely. They may be organized into lectures, questions, discussions, or group projects. They tend to be expressed in particular language registers that we have called simply teacher talk and student talk. All things considered, communication obviously serves a wide range of teaching and learning tasks and activities, from stimulating students' thinking, to orchestrating classroom routines, to managing inappropriate behaviors. It is an intrinsic part of the parts of teaching that involve interaction among class members.

    Note, though, that teaching consists of more than interaction among class members. There are times when teachers prepare lessons or activities, for example, without talking to students or anyone else. There are also times when they develop their own skills as teachers— for example, by reading and reflecting, or by attending professional development seminars or workshops— which may involve communication, but not in the sense discussed in this chapter. It is to these other parts of teaching that we turn in the next chapter.


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