Education | Communication in the Classroom
G203 | 5875 | Mike Czech


Thoughts:  This class, G203 Communication in the Classroom, is what
it says it is:  communicating in the classroom.  We will be spending
the semester thinking about what we communicate, how we communicate,
and why we communicate in the classroom, but also, how we communicate
in society with ourselves and other people.  We will be looking at,
analyzing, discussing, and writing about the following topics:

1. Classroom Communication
2. Interpersonal Communication
3. Listening
4. Verbal/Nonverbal Communication
5. Leading Classroom Discussion
6. Small Group Communication
7. Increasing Communication Skills
8. Anger, Stress, and Managing Feelings
9. Building Relationships with Diverse Populations
10. Ethics of Relationships
11. Conflict Resolution

We will be applying these ideas to our lives as future teachers where
we will need to communicate with a diverse population, which includes
our students, other teachers and administrators in the schools, and
parents, members, and officials in the communities where we will be
teaching.  The goal for this class is to understand why we want to
teach in the first place and hopefully, realize that communicating
effectively will play a major role in our success as teachers.  We
will also need to come up with our own theory of communication and
what we think works the best for us in the classroom.  In other
words, we need to find our own style of communicating and come up
with ideas for implementing it in our realities as teachers.  To do
this, we will be writing papers and journals, doing in-class
activities, interviewing people, actually teaching the class, and
doing some role-playing.  Here are some brief descriptions of the
major assignments we will be doing to accomplish these goals:

Teacher Philosophy/Qualities Paper (25 pts.):  This will be our first
3-5 page paper where we will be able to get out our thoughts on our
own philosophies of teaching and what makes a good teacher.  We will
use our own experiences as students as well as teachers in the real
world and write about what we have learned from these experiences,
mentors and other teachers, and jobs where we had leadership duties.
What works?  What doesn’t work?  Why?
Communication Analysis (25 pts.):  This 3-5 page paper will be
applying the communication strategies that Cooper & Simonds talk
about in their text to something that we view, but take for granted.
We will be applying the theories of interpersonal communication,
listening, and verbal/nonverbal communication to a movie that we will
be watching.  We will disseminate the communication patterns between
the major characters in the movie and write about what we saw.

Interview Assignments (35 pts.):  This 5-7 page paper will give us
the chance to talk to teachers and students in the schools.  The goal
for this paper is to interview at least two teachers and ask them
what communication strategies they use in the classroom with students
and outside with parents, administrators, and community members.  We
will also interview some students to see what kinds of communication
strategies they find most useful for them as learners.  You will get
a chance to present your finding to a group of your peers.

SIGs (Special Interest Groups) (40 pts.):  You and about four other
classmates will get a chance to teach the class over a topic in
Reaching Out (2003) by Johnson.  The goal here will be for you and
your group to practice the communication strategies we learned and
apply them while you teach and enact them in class.  Your SIG will be
required to have a handout on the material you want to cover for the
rest of the class to have and use for our futures as teachers.  Your
SIG will get a chance to administer and assess a 10 point in-class
assignment during your groups’ time teaching. Also, you will get a
chance to assess one other SIG on how they did and what they could do
to improve their presentation. Your assessment will be worth 10
points.

Conflict Resolution Strategies Paper (25 pts.):  This 3-5 page paper
will be about our strategies for resolving conflict inside and
outside of class with students and parents.  We will be applying the
ideas from Morse & Ivey to our own understanding of what we think
would work in and out of the classroom with resolving conflicts.  We
will have a chance to listen to other teachers talk about their
strategies for resolving conflict and get a chance to practice this
skill in role playing activities at a “parent-teacher” conference.

Final Paper (35 pts.):  After reading various chapters in the class
texts, teaching the class, interviewing people, role-playing, and
analyzing the world around us, this 5-7 page paper will be our final
thoughts on our own theories of communicating in the field of
education.  In other words, we will write about what we have learned
in the class on communication and think about what will work and not
work for us as future teachers.  In a sense, this will be our final
exam.  Instead of taking a multiple choice or short answer test on
this stuff, we will get a chance to write about it all and apply it
to our own lives.

Vibe Journals (105 pts.):  We will be keeping a journal over the
ideas we are reading and activities that we are doing in class.  We
will get a chance to write at the beginning of class on the things we
have read.  We also get a chance to write about our reactions to the
in-class assignments that we will be doing.  A “vibe” is a gut
reaction to what we encounter and a chance for us to let it all out.
We will be doing about 21 of these in class, so get a notebook or
tablet and dedicate it specifically for this journal.  Bring it to
class everyday.

Attendance:  You are expected to be here every class since we will be
working in groups and doing in-class activities during our time
together and your presence will be needed.  You can miss one class
with no questions asked, but if you miss a class after your one
exemption, you will lose 10 points from your final point total for
your grade this semester.  Of course there are emergencies such as
sicknesses or deaths in the family, and if this happens, we will need
to set up a time to talk about your absence.  If this occurs, please
e-mail me, and if need be, any group you are working in, to let us
know about your absence.

Texts:  The following texts are required for this class and are
available at the bookstores:

Cooper, P.J., & Simonds, C.J.  (2003).  Communication for the
classroom teacher. (7th
ed.).  Boston:  Allyn and Bacon.

Johnson, D.W.  (2003).  Reaching out:  Interpersonal effectiveness
and self-actualization.
(8th ed.). Boston:  Allyn and Bacon.

Morse, P.S., & Ivey, A.E.  (1996).  Communication and conflict
resolution in the schools.
Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press.

Handing in assignments:  All typed assignments will be in 12-point
Times New Roman font and double-spaced.  There will be 10% knocked
off the final grade of the assignment each day it is late.  You are
welcome to revise any assignment you want and turn it back in for a
better grade if you are not happy with the original grade.  But, if
the assignment is late, you will forfeit your right to revise that
assignment.

Final Thoughts:  Other than that, I look forward to having a good
semester with all of you and learning about each other and our
thoughts on the world.  Remember, no question is silly and we are
here to help each other learn about ourselves and each other and the
world around us.  Furthermore, 20-25 heads working together on issues
that are important to our reality are better than just one person
lecturing about something that does not apply to anything around us.
So, the goal is for us to feel comfortable to share our vibes on the
world and ask questions so we can learn more about it all.

G203- Communication in the Classroom
Fall 2003   Section: 5860   Room:  1004    8:00-9:15 AM M/W
Instructor:  Mike Czech  E Mail: mczech@indiana.edu
Office:  4025 F  (4th floor Education Building)  Office Phone:  856-
8313  Ex. 36905
Office Hours:  12-1 PM Fridays

Syllabus- Fall 2003- Czech
Week /Topic /Assignments

Week 1
M- 9/1			
Introductions/Class Set-Up			

W- 9/3			
Classroom Communication		
Ch. 1- Cooper/Simonds
Vibe#1

Week 2
M- 9/8			
Interpersonal Communication		
Ch. 2- Cooper/Simonds
Vibe#2

W- 9/10		
Interpersonal Communication		
In-Class Activity
Vibe#3

Week 3
M- 9/15			
Listening				
Ch. 3- Cooper/Simonds						
Vibe#4

W- 9/17			
Listening				
In-Class Activity
****Teacher Philosophy/ Qualities Paper- DUE
Vibe#5

Week 4
M- 9/22 			
Verbal/Nonverbal Communication 		
Ch. 4- Cooper/Simonds
Vibe#6

W- 9/24			
Verbal/Nonverbal Communication		
In-Class Activity
Vibe#7

Week 5
M- 9/30			
Leading Classroom Discussion		
Ch. 6- Cooper/Simonds						
Vibe#8

W- 10/1			
Leading Classroom Discussion		
In-Class Activity
****Communication Analysis- DUE
Vibe#9
Week 6

M- 10/6			
Small Group Communication		
Ch. 7- Cooper/Simonds						
Vibe# 10

W- 10/8			
Small Group Communication		
In-Class Activity
Vibe #11			

Week 7
M- 10/13		
Special Interest Groups			
Work in class on teaching assignments
Vibe #13

W- 10/15		
Interview Presentations			
****Interview Assignments-
DUE
Vibe #12

Week 8
M- 10/20		
Developing and Maintaining Trust		
SIG #1- Chapter 3- Johnson
Vibe #14

W- 10/22		
Increasing Your Communication		
SIG #2- Chapter 4- Johnson Skills				
Vibe #15

Week 9
M- 10/27		
Resolving Interpersonal Conflicts		
SIG #3- Chapter 8- Johnson
Vibe #16

W- 10/29		
Anger, Stress, and Managing		
SIG #4- Chapter 9- Johnson
Feelings					
Vibe #17

Week 10
M- 11/3			
Building Relationships with		
SIG #5- Chapter 10- Johnson
Diverse Populations			
Vibe #18

W- 11/5			
Ethics of Relationships			
SIG #6- Chapter 11- Johnson
Vibe #19

Week 11
M- 11/10		
Conflict Resolution			
Ch. 1-3  Morse/Ivey
Vibe #20

W- 11/12		
Conflict Resolution			
Ch. 4-5  Morse/Ivey
Vibe #21
****Vibe Journals- DUE

Week 12
M- 11/17		
Conflict Resolution			
Ch.  6-7  Morse/Ivey
Teacher Panel					

W- 11/19		
Conflict Resolution			
Ch.  8-9  Morse/Ivey
****Conflict Resolution  Strategies Paper- DUE

Week 13
M- 11/24		
THANKSGIVING BREAK- NO SCHOOL

W- 11/26		
THANKSGIVING BREAK- NO SCHOOL

Week 14
M- 12/1			
Parent-Teacher Conferences Role Plays

W- 12/3			
Parent- Teacher Conferences Role Plays

Week 15
M- 12/8			
Final Paper Presentations			
****Final Paper- DUE	

W- 12/10		
Final Class/Wrap Up/Evaluations