Moving Beyond Monologue in the Classroom
By: Sue Forneris and Mary Fey
As educators, there’s no question that we know how to teach … right?
Our early Greek philosophers differentiated human beings from other species based on our ability to use language. Yet, when one reads further about the use of language, we find that language should be informative, expressive, directive – used to reason, express ideas, argue a point, provide direction.
There is no doubt that good educators are gifted in the use of language. However, the correct use of language – providing direction, being informative, expressing ideas – is most effective when our learners are engaged in meaning making. The ability to engage the minds of our learners by using dialogue to make meaning is at the heart of great education.