The practical strategies suggested in this book are supported by current research into effective teaching and learning, and the author shows you how inclusion friendly teaching could look in your classroom. The book is aimed at the teacher who wishes to respond to the diversity of learning needs of children that are placed within their mainstream classroom, without teaching each child differently. The advice given for teaching all learners aged 7 to 14 will help you ensure that you are providing so well for all your learners that only a very few will need substantially different support.Structured around the three areas of memory, motivation, and communication which are the keys to addressing inclusion friendly teaching, the book covers the memory-friendly classroom, the motivation-friendly classroom, and the communication-friendly classroom.Ideal for all classroom teachers working with children aged 7 to 14, and with plenty of supporting material available to download from the SAGE website which works in tandem with each chapter of the book, this toolkit will make inclusive teaching a reality.
Chapter 4: The Communication Friendly Classroom
The Communication Friendly Classroom
What Psychology Says
Communication and Learning
Effective learning takes place when learners participate in conversation, and active minds are developed in dialogue with other learners. Thought, and therefore learning, is generated through spoken language. Indeed in some sense we hardly know what we think about anything until we discuss it, and thus through spoken language, we make abstract ideas concrete. Vygotsky (1986) suggested that three forms of speech could be described (as shown in Figure 4.1).
Figure 4.1 Speech
Vygotsky (1986) says that the process of turning inner speech into oral and/or written speech actually changes the thoughts themselves. Thoughts can be altered, ...