By Dr George A Brown, George Brown, Ted Wragg
Explaining illustrates what clarification is and what it goals to do. Exploring many of the ideas open to lecturers, this e-book deals a mix of actions and dialogue issues on the way to allow them to accumulate a repertoire of options appropriate for numerous occasions and to judge the effectiveness in their causes within the school room. The textual content covers such matters because the use of an acceptable language sign up, where of analogies, development on kid's questions, in addition to coping recommendations for powerful rationalization while the instructor is unexpected with the subject material.
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How well did you answer the questions? You were probably able to answer some of them without even understanding the passage. For example, you could answer (i) in part, because the text tells you that erdgraben is a timefrittoon; the answer to (iii) is also given in the passage, because erdgraben can be dirty; you could have answered (iv) without even reading the passage, because it is quite clear that all dogs are not healthy (the mention of dogs is a distractor, it has nothing to do with the passage) and Knowing the subject matter 35 36 Knowing the subject matter you may have been able to waffle on about the essay in (v) with a bit of deft footwork.
So now read the text again, in the knowledge that timefrittoons are ‘hobbies’, erdgraben is ‘gardening’ and geldverlangend/ ungeldverlangend is ‘expensive/inexpensive’. 4 Take a textbook or worksheet you are using with a group of children and identify any words or phrases that you think might cause them difficulties. Ask some of the children to tell you which terms they do not understand. Are your lists the same? Try Explaining electrical circuits explaining the terms to the children. Read up some of the work on text readability (Harrison 1980).
Knowledge of results, or ‘feedback’ as it is commonly termed, can and should influence each stage of an explanation. For example, suppose you have to explain to children about a field trip to see some interesting geographical and ecological features at a seaside location. The complete explanation might include: • geographical features: rock formations, fossils, cliffs, erosion; • ecology: marine life, shellfish, seaweed, fish, birds; • commercial aspects: fishing, tourism, harbour, coastland farming; • safety matters: dangers of cliff falls, drowning, being cut off by tide; • logistics and procedures of travel: meeting points, food, times of departure and return, money needed, clothing; • educational processes: purpose of visit, preparation in class, follow-up afterwards, assignments for pupils, books, paper or pens needed, photography, video or tape recording.
Explaining by Dr George A Brown, George Brown, Ted Wragg