The teacher uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.


Reflective Statement for Decision Point 3

     The teacher knows that effective communication involves verbal, nonverbal, and media techniques and knows that different people communicate various ways (INTASC 6: K4, D2). The teacher can stress the importance of good communication by being a good listener (INTASC 6: D3). In addition, the teacher is aware of cultural and gender differences in how people communicate (INTASC 6: K2, P4).

     An example of this in action would be shown by a teacher who understands how to communicate the assignments affectively to all of the students. This could be done by verbally reading the assignment aloud while also providing a handout with the instructions written. The assignment could have options for the students, like the option of working alone or with groups, so that the students would be the most comfortable.

     I would follow this principle in my own teaching by having different versions of items available. An example would be having
Harry Potter in book form, audiotape form, and VHS/DVD. The students could then choose what medium suited them best, or even try all three, depending on which way best communicates the story to the students. That was how it was in my high school library, and I appreciated the variety.





Reflective Statement for Decision Points 1 and 2


     The main idea of this principle is basically to know how to communicate to your students through different ways (INTASC P1). Some examples of this would be: the teacher should be able to have the kids listen to the teacher lecture, should be able to read a book to get the same information, or they should be able to absorb information from an educational video. Besides just absorbing the information, the students should also have responses to any of those three areas. Also, the teacher should be able to “communicate in ways that demonstrate a sensitivity to cultural and gender differences.”

     An example of this in action would be having a three-part project due. The students would have to have a speech about their topic first, then have a handout of key points, and lastly have a video they filmed about the topic. This would give the students the experience of using three different mediums to get a point across. (That would also be in a high school setting.)

     I would follow this principle in my own teaching by having different versions of things available. An example would be having Harry Potter in book form, audiotape form, and video or DVD. The students could then choose what medium suited them best, or even try all three. That was how it was in my high school library, and I appreciated the variety.