chapter  4
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Playing It Safe

Consider the following examples of classroom discourse in light of our discussion in Chapter 3. What are the participants doing on a turn-by-turn basis? What is happening from the point of view of the teacher? From the point of view of the students? What kinds of identities are the participants enacting? Does your interpretation change depending on whether you view this kind of classroom interaction as occurring just once, or as a pattern that repeats itself over and over again?