Do children understand me?
23 February 2008Add to My Folder
Are you worried that you’re not communicating effectively with the children in your class? Then adapt these simple techniques
At its heart, teaching is about communication. You might be communicating a new topic or skill to your class; you could be communicating your expectations of behaviour; hopefully, you will also be communicating your love of learning. And the more skilled you can become at communicating all these things, the better your children will learn and behave.
There are many facets to effective communication. Of course, we communicate a great deal through what we say, but it’s equally important to think about how we say it. Non-verbal aspects, such as body language and gesture, also play a key role in communicating our wishes – often they ‘say’ far more than our voices ever can.
Read my lips
There are many ways in which you can use your voice to heighten the quality of your communication with a class.