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Establishing Effective Communication In Classrooms

How does one create an environment for effective communication, here are a few tips that might be able to help build a strong and effective communication setup for all in a classroom?

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In any social environment and interface, communication is the key. The same is the case with classrooms where both teachers and students interpersonal skills are at play. It contributes 50 per cent of the knowledge they gain from a classroom and the rest 50 per cent are the communication skills that they gradually build on in that setting. It is a process by which people exchange thoughts or ideas with one another.

The importance of establishing good communication skills at a young age is critical to a child’s development and future learning. The communications skills that students learn in a classroom setting are transferable and essential across all aspects of life. This aspects also ensures a supportive teacher-student relationship and has a positive impact on engagement among both students and with teachers, participation and fostering learning. It also builds a comfortable relationship between the students and their teachers where the students can freely discuss their thoughts, ideas on a subject. 

Creating a safe learning environment

A supportive relationship between students and teachers is helpful in creating a safe learning and communicating environment. It is because when students feel supported, they are more comfortable expressing their own thoughts and ideas in-class discussion, attempting challenges and asking when they need help. Therefore, a greater level of participation and engagement, it would lead to better-developed knowledge and a sense of achievement. A supportive environment is based on the foundation of communication, which a teacher can build on by allowing them to discuss their problems and issues freely enabling the teacher to work on the key issues. 

Teamwork

By working in small groups students are able to share their ideas more freely and it helps them improve their communication skills. It also allows them to ask questions and get instant feedback in return. Learning lessons together, playing together, sharing ideas, problem-solving together will also help the way your communications skill develop.

Body Language

Communication is not only verbal but also non-verbal, therefore you should ensure the signals you are giving out through your body are not only confident and positive but also engaging. Making eye contact with your audience proves to them you are not only attentive but also supportive. The use of gestures is another important aspect that can be used to emphasize your words. It helps increase the interactivity of the lesson, making it visually interesting and also encourages the students to participate in the process. 

Listening skills

A major barrier to communication can be poor listening skills as it bars one from understanding the subject or problem that needs resolution. Practising good listening in the classroom will benefit in many ways- it will improve ones own listening skills and thus retain lessons better, making you a model for the same with your students. And secondly, active listening can correct misunderstandings and extend learning, resulting in better education for the students.

Feedback

It is an important component of communication that should be practised in the classroom. Positive feedback builds student’s confidence, instilling confidence in them they can succeed and create a supportive environment for learning and academics. While negative feedback should be sparingly used in the classroom. Using positive feedback to illustrate the behaviour you want to see amongst students is much more effective. Alternately, the teachers should provide the opportunity to students to give feedback for their lesson and teaching styles. It shows them that the teacher values their opinion increases communication between the two and helps the teacher to also improve their teaching skill. 

Use task and activities to foster critical thinking

This can be done both verbally or through written assignments that give the student a chance to answer questions creatively, using their own words and expressions. The teacher can also employ the use of games to make it a more interesting and fun activity for students.

All these activities together will help develop and strengthen the ongoing communication channels employed in the classroom and build a strong learning foundation for students and teaching experience for the teachers. Classroom communication is among the building block of sound learning for students which will go a long way in shaping their personality.   

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