Communication is very important component of the teaching profession. Without it, it would be impossible to teach or learn. When communication is effective, both the student and the teach benefits. Communication makes learning easier, helps students achieve goals, increases opportunities for expanded learning, strengthens the connection between students and teacher, and creates an overall positive experience.
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines communication as the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc, to others.
Effective classroom communication: here communication process is very vital to effective learning within a classroom environment. Classroom instruction that produces positive results acknowledges the need for a liberal use of nonverbal cues, student involvement and team communication. Effective classroom communication can be based or is premised on five parts which are as follows:
- Delivery (Delivering) Instruction
- Soliciting participation
- Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
- Team Building
Since good communication in the classroom is pivotal to learning, all basic communication skills such as verbal and non-verbal communication within classroom setting should be experiential. This is particularly necessary to ensure that as it supports the claim of that, a lecturer does not slip into a monotone during class lessons. Different tones and nuances are useful in attracting students focus on the lecturers conduct.
CONCEPT OF COMMUNICATION:
Communication can be defined as the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc, to someone else, a message that is given to someone, a letter, telephone call etc. communication involves transmission of verbal and non-verbal messages. It consists of a sender, receiver and channel of communication.
Classroom communication is a situation or process in which the instructors, lecturers or teachers ask some thought-provoking questions to faster dialogue between students, encourage them to articulate and reflect on the theme of discourse. In addition the questions should encourage students to continually prove their needs, progress, knowledge and adjust to teaching behavior. Without doubt, effective classroom communication is a gateway for learning to take place.
FIVE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATION SKILLS TO A TEACHER
When communication is effective, both the student and the teacher benefits, communication makes learning easier, helps students achieve goals, increases opportunities for expanded learning, strengthens the connection between students and teacher, and creates an overall positive experience.
- Self Esteem: in general, people want to be heard. If a teacher shows interest in a student’s opinions, that students will feel that their thoughts or ideas are appreciated. This increases self esteem and confidence. A confident student is less likely to second guess his answers on tests and a self-assured student is more likely to speak up in class, class participation leads to increased learning for the entire class.
- Class Performance: Teachers who reward students’ communication and class participation will notice an improvement in overall class performance. A teacher can gauge the effectiveness of a lecture by students’ feedback. By asking questions, a teacher can determine if students were able to retain the imparted information that the students were unable to understand the lecture this can lead to poor performance on exams.
- Professional Growth: A degree of communication is required in every profession, and communication skills are necessary at even the most preliminary stages of career growth. For example, an applicant must be able to communicate her skills and abilities during an interview in order to acquire a job.
- Sense of Humor: The importance of this factor has been regularly underestimated. A good sense of humor keeps the students active and interested in the teacher’s class. A teacher who is dour and lacks humor doesn’t contribute to the overall well being of the students.
- Team formation: This is a good method where you can divide the classroom into small teams and ask them to solve different problems or complete assignments. This practice will increase not only the interaction among the students but also among the teacher and students.
Teaching profession demands good communication skill, along with the knowledge of the subject. If they are unable to teach what they know, students tend to be less involved and lose inspiration to learn. They should be motivated to speak up their viewpoints in class and raise questions, if they are unable to grab certain topic. For this, it is vital for the teachers to communicate effectively with them. For communication to be effective, the information relay by the encoder must be fully understood by the recipients or the decoder. In a situation where by the information from the sender does not make any meaningful impact on the receiver, this may be tantamount to noise or not achieving the learning objectives.
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