Communication – “The imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium.”
The single most important tool in a teacher’s repertoire. Effective communication equals a greater understanding and therefore increased student learning, which can be applied to all learning areas. Communication is not just about verbally explaining procedures, rules and information to students, it is about a teacher’s whole demeanour and interaction with their classes.
I use effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student understanding, participation, engagement and achievement.
Examples of non-verbal communication I use during my classes include:
- positive gestures, posture and positioning
- appropriate facial expression and eye contact
- proximity and physical setting
I have found that non-verbal communication can play a very important role in behaviour management and student/teacher relationships. With the intention of always remaining positive and creating a happy demeanour including positive gestures and facial expressions, I have found that students respond more favourably in all situations, even when being disciplined.