Dictionary defines communication: “to act one upon another.”
We use our communication to:
- share information
- ask questions
- express wants and needs
- develop social relationships
- develop social etiquette which is polite behavior in society
Thus, communication is much more than our wants and needs. Does our main reason for communication change over time? Yes!
Communication in the school place helps you understand each other better and contributes to productivity and efficiency at your school.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU COMMUNICATE BADLY?
- Communicating badly can lose the attention to what children have to say and others. We need to stop and be a better listener.
- Communicating badly is not having the time for children. You must show children they have your attention. Children need your time and they need to be aware of you being around them.
- Communicating badly is not helping children to make better decisions on their own. By helping with decision-making for the children, you will see and feel better at their decisions.
- Communicating badly is not giving feedback and avoiding promises that will not free up the children to make the right decisions on their own. They will use what they know in their young life. Remember, children never forget a promise!
Children have opinions and lots of them! But asking them directly for their opinion on something gives them a chance to actually think about what’s happening, explain their thoughts and feel valued. Again, it doesn’t have to be complicated, just ask their opinion. And it’s always such a cute response.
All of these thoughts are based on conversation and the need to feel valued and making them feel valued is the most positive thing we can do. Sure, it’s hard some days but by adding even one the points each day will make you feel that you are doing okay as a teacher!