On a bright sunny morning, 40+ teachers who teach in remote schools attended a basic communication skill workshop with special focus on how to communicate with children.
Learning how to properly communicate with children is essential for helping children learn effective communication skills that will allow them to clearly and confidently express themselves, and it will also allow the teacher to maximize their teaching and the students learning experience by being able to communicate with the children in a manner that results in a positive and engaged response from the children.
Some of the topics that we covered were, how to identify the feeling behind what children say or do, how to covey our feelings to them objectively without blaming them, how to provide simple and clear instructions, how to set limits and understand that discipline is not about controlling children or exercising authority or enforcing punishments, but with proper communication showing the children how to have self control.
Children learn and communicate in a very different way than adults do. Children learn best through activities, imagination, visual and spatial techniques. They respond and grow much quicker when taught with positive reinforcement and are modeled by the teachers which behaviors that they are expected to exhibit. It is not effective for a child if he/she is made to sit still and are taught through a system of punishment and repression.
Communication can either be verbal or non-verbal. Body language and facial expressions fall into the non-verbal communication category, and talking makes up verbal communication. Generally, positive communication through both verbal and nonverbal expression results in a positive response, while communicating negative things causes negative reactions.