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ERIC Number: EJ943374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-175X
Teaching without Talking
Hansen, Jacqueline
Educational Horizons, v89 n2 p6-11 Win 2011
Children learn both verbal and nonverbal communication strategies by imitating parents, teachers, and other significant people in their lives. However, most American parents converse with their children for only about 38 minutes per week. In contrast, teachers might communicate with children for up to seven hours each weekday. Each day, teachers send innumerable verbal and nonverbal messages to students. When teachers' verbal messages are incongruent with their nonverbal behaviors, students will believe what they see instead of what they hear. Teachers, therefore, can never be sure their students received the intended message. Most teachers choose their words carefully, but they also need to monitor the messages that their bodies are sending to students through proximity, eye contact, gestures, and touching. Furthermore, teachers need to learn the different body languages associated with the cultures represented in their increasingly diverse classrooms. Teachers must learn how to teach without talking. Teachers will be better able to teach what they preach once they learn to teach without talk.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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