In too many classrooms, instruction suffers from large amounts pseudo-communication, which is the use of language to obtain external rewards (e.g., points, praise, stars, grades). This type of communication tends to focus on short-term memorization and accumulation of short answers. Authentic communication, on the other hand, is the use of language to build up key ideas and engage in productive collaborative arguments. This type of communication focuses on long-term depth and construction of core concepts in a discipline. In this webinar, Jeff Zwiers describes how to improve all dimensions of learning (content, cognition, language, social, agency, etc.) by enhancing instruction with three main features of authentic communication.
Attend this webinar to:
Increase your ability to identify pseudo-communication and be bothered by it
Understand the effect of maximizing authentic communication, especially in settings that struggle to meet the academic, communicative, and socio-emotional needs of their students
Learn the three features of authentic communication
Practice using these three features to enhance common instructional activities