Having effective communication is quite possibly the most important way to develop a positive relationship with a child, young person or adult. The pace at which pupils learns will vary and so some may struggle and have confidence based issues in the classroom. This can cause a breakdown in communication with a teacher or teaching assistant and have a detrimental effect on school work. In order to prevent such a breakdown it is important to develop a relationship with a pupil by being calm, positive and have a gentle manner. This way it is possible to gain trust and respect, and therefore be able to help them in their school life.
I should always think about the way I relate to others and the messages that are sent out. There can be situations where communication breaks down; misunderstandings can lead to bad feeling. Proficient communicators receive information, understand and synthesize it and express themselves clearly at a high level. They help motivate children to learn. There are several benefits of effective communication including the following; Benefits in terms of Pupils It is also important for pupils that I model effective communication skills as a teaching assistant.
It is also a way of giving feedback to the learners during the course in which they are participating in. This enables the learners to look at their own progression and try to improve on any areas they may find difficult. When I assess a learner’s piece of work I make sure that any mistakes or incomplete areas are pointed out to them. I also like to be able to give encouraging feedback as this could motivate the learner to have the courage to improve and continue with the good work. I would also use this opportunity to point out the good points to motivate the learner, however, if there are any weak areas this could then be used to focus the learner to achieve their goals.
One of the ways which learners can feel comfortable is when they know what behaviour is expected from them and what behaviour can be expected from the programme leader. Setting Ground Rules From The Beginning When ground rules are not established from the beginning of the programme of learning, the course leader runs the risk of not creating the right learning environment. Therefore it can result in fewer / lower academic achievements due to some course participants feeling uncomfortable with the poor behaviour of others. Examples of poor behaviour may include offending others, disruptive behaviour, bullying and harassment and showing no regard to equality legislation. Ground rules must be set right at the beginning of the course to reduce the likelihood of any of the problems above.
When effective communication is missing, this can cause teachers to misunderstand or be ignorant of the child’s needs; further more pupils may not feel listened too. This could result in the pupil feeling worried or angry. Teachers need to form positive approach and effective communication to help children understand the boundaries expected of them. Sharing information means parents develop a clear appreciation of their child’s true strengths, showing the child that parent and teacher both want the ultimate goal for the child, leaving the child to feel comfortable about making mistakes and acting accordingly to put them right and voicing this to the teachers to allow teachers to help in areas needed. The two way key effective communications are verbal and nonverbal.
Non-verbal language may support or contradict verbal messages. • Once students start to share their understanding of what the tutor said, there is potential for clarification. However, noise may interfere with the communication process. • When the students ask the tutor for clarification they receive feedback on their initial interpretation of the message, which may reinforce the alignment between the tutor's message and the student's understanding of the message, provided that the tutor maintains message
Each individual has his or her own unique learning strengths and weaknesses. It is therefore vital for teachers to deliberately use a variety of methods to relate to these individual styles effectively. Understanding students’ learning styles could enable teachers to improve and adapt their teaching styles and strategies to meet student’s needs. When poor results and/or non-attentiveness are evident in the classroom this may be a mechanism for the educator to review the teaching methods used. It is not as important to figure out what style the student is, but to recognise how and why the student is learning in such a way and how to encourage their
Communication differences work the same as long as you’re understanding of the difference and can adapt, show respect and within the working environment, professional relationships go onto developed a well-rounded support network for each other. If ever in a conflict at work use skills and techniques learnt to resolve the issue. Sometimes the problem or conflict can’t be that easily resolved therefor it’s important to discuss the matter constructively so you can move on working together in a professional working environment. While working in schools there may be times that other adults you work with may seek sources of information from you. Depending on the information it might be more difficult for you to answer if you’re not certain of all the facts?
Effective communication combines a set of skills including non verbal communication, attentive listening, the ability to mange stress in the moment, the capacity to recognize, understand own emotion and those of the person you are communicating with. Effective communication is important because it allows people to build personal and professional relationships. We are more likely to communicate information to one another if we have positive relationships. You are likely to give beneficial support if communication is strong and effective with parents and other adults who come into the school, this in turn benefits pupils. It is also inportant that a Teaching Asistant checks what he/ she is saying in the moment of stress and excitement as the pupils are in our presence and will here.
It is important for pupils that we model effective communication skills, checking and being clear on what we may say and how it may be interpreted, in order for pupils to understand school expectations. If we, as professionals, do not behave in the same way that is expected of pupils, then it will be harder for them to accept boundaries, which, in turn could lead to a breakdown in communication. Some pupils that struggle with their learning and/or have confidence issues may find that they can’t communicate with all of us, therefore, treating that pupil in a calm, positive, praising and gentle manner could mean the difference between them trusting us or closing down and giving up. I believe that children should be spoken to the way I would want to be spoken to by others and that negative comments or tones would hurt my feelings, so to talk to a child with issues in this manner is extremely damaging. I also take this stand when talking to adults that I work with or children’s parents.