Hadeel Al Haddad
12 September, 2022
One of the most critical yet challenging aspects of teaching is creating an effective dialogue between yourself and students, and between students themselves. For more than half of our lives, we spend them inside a classroom, a place that brings together 20+ students and a teacher who all come from different backgrounds, and have their own, unique personalities. This surely sounds like the best recipe for chaos.
However, with good, strong classroom communication, a 4-walled space can be turned into a safe learning environment where students can thrive, shine, and learn.
Teamwork helps redirect the competitive mindset into cooperating to accomplish results and achieve a greater goal. Team members are enabled to express themselves and communicate with others, thus increasing interaction and liveliness in a classroom setting. Incorporating group games and quizzes in a classroom is an effective way of approaching teamwork. For example, using Rigamajig, children can build something heavier and larger than themselves that requires more than one set of hands to achieve.
Positive feedback is another way to help motivate and empower students. Oftentimes, instructors only focus on the negative, however highlighting when a student did well is a one-way ticket to cheering them up and building their confidence, therefore driving them to further improve and progress. Aiming to establish an environment that values everyone’s feedback is an effective way to nurture a considerate space. Encouraging students to provide feedback to their instructors and their peers alike is like saying, “your opinions and thoughts matter!” This helps build an environment of trust and respect, both are essential for classroom communication.
Body language is the hidden gem, the unspoken part of communication that helps reveal our emotions and portray our message more clearly. Using non-verbal signs such as your tone of voice, gestures, and posture makes way for a more impactful message received by your students. Proximity is also a great way to establish trust in communication. For example, instead of standing in front of the classroom, moving about and engaging students at their desks helps to shift their focus and allow them to engage and express themselves more.
A student should never be afraid or ashamed to ask questions or speak up during class! Creating a safe and supportive atmosphere where students feel comfortable enough to do so, is a crucial step toward establishing effective communication. For example, keeping an open-door policy to allow students to pop in whenever they want is one great way to encourage such an open, secure space further.
A student’s life is spent between school and home. These two spaces are specifically linked together, and it’s important to maintain a healthy, connected relationship between the two. Talking with a student’s parents helps in understanding their behaviour and learning how to manage them better during school hours. Likewise, a parent being aware of their child’s behaviour during class and grasping the reasons for it, helps a parent connect with them and manage their emotional state in a better way. Teachers are also important parental figures in a child’s life just as much as a guardian, the two parties maintaining regular communication can greatly increase a child’s health and quality of life.
In conclusion, four walls and a roof are not enough to make a good classroom environment for a student. Establishing good classroom communication for a healthy, interactive and engaging space requires essential techniques. Together with maintaining a regular parent-teacher relationship, students need to feel safe and be given the opportunities to work in a team. Other than that, an instructor must carry out their classroom with positive body language and nurture an environment of healthy and constructive feedback. With these 5 key points, a lively and innovative educational environment can be retained.
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Hadeel Al Haddad
The Digital Marketing Specialist owl. The passionate bookworm/book-owl that runs on caffeine and loves soulful music. As a morning Owl, I'm at my creative peak while the sun is still up. I'm a wordsmith who enjoys writing, traveling and making punny dad jokes. Yes, seriously!