Effective communication is perhaps the most important of the tools we use as people to develop positive relationships with the those around us. Whether this is verbal or non-verbal (conscious or subconscious) communication it is important to remember that it is a two-way negotiation and the cornerstone to how we build trust and confidence with others.
According to www.pearsonschoolsandcolleges.co.uk
“The quality of relationships that we have with children and young people has a huge effect on the way in which we can work with them.”
With this in mind we need to develop our communication skills towards the audience for which they are intended, depending on the age groups of the children, our peers in the school or for the parents of the children that we interact with.
We need to do this effectively to create an enabling environment for the children we work with no matter which age they are. Children will have more confidence and are more likely to participate better if they have strong and effective positive relationships with their teachers.
In one example taken from http://panhandle.unl.edu/at_the_center_78: the author Carol McCloud talks of filling a childs “emotional bucket” with positive interactions. If we fill this with emotions of value, such as trust, confidence and encouragement, we are certain to extract the most from the children we interact with.
It is the same for the adults we need to communicate with. We want to work productively and well together as a team for the benefit of the children we wish to inspire and to create the right decisions for all those involved. In terms of the parents, they must be seen as an extension to the schooling environment and therefore as partners in the process of our children's learning.