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The Communication Effect

How to Enhance Learning by Building Ideas and Bridging Information Gaps
Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544375557
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2019
  • Page Count: 208
  • Publication date: November 12, 2019

Price: $33.95



The “communication effect” is what happens when we saturate our classrooms with authentic communication, which occurs when students use language to build up ideas and do meaningful things. For starters, authentic communication deepens and increases language development, learning of content concepts and skills, rigor and engagement, empathy and understanding of others’ perspectives, agency and ownership of core ideas across disciplines, and social and emotional skills for building strong relationships. And these are just the starters.

With The Communication Effect, Dr. Jeff Zwiers challenges teachers in Grades 3 and up to focus less on breadth and more on depth by grounding instruction and assessment in authentic (rather than pseudo-) communication. This book provides:

  • Ideas for cultivating classroom cultures in which authentic communication thrives
  • Clear descriptions and examples of the three features of authentic communication: 1. building up key ideas (claims and concepts); 2. clarifying terms and supporting ideas; and 3. creating and filling information gaps
  • Over 175 suggestions for using the three features of authentic communication to enhance twenty commonly used instructional activities across disciplines
  • Additional examples of not-so-commonly-used activities that embody the three features
  • Suggestions for improving four different types of teacher creativity needed to design effective lessons, activities, and assessments that maximize authentic communication

Our students deserve to get the most out of each minute of each lesson. Authentic communication can help. As you read The Communication Effect and apply its ideas, you will see how much better equipped and inspired your students are to grow into the amazing and gifted people that they were meant to become.



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Jeffrey Alan Zwiers

Dr. Jeff Zwiers is a senior researcher at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education in the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching. His work focuses on improving learning in diverse classrooms, language development, and student interactions.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Author

Introduction: The Authenticity Challenge

Chapter 1: From Pseudo- to Authentic Communication

Chapter 2: Cultivating a Classroom: Culture of Communication

Chapter 3: Authentic Reading

Chapter 4: Authentic Listening

Chapter 5: Authentic Speaking

Chapter 6: Authentic Writing

Chapter 7: Authentic Conversing

Chapter 8: Using Creativity to Amplify Authenticity



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