Interactive Classrooms

5 ways to establish effective communication in the classroom

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Olivia Hanifan2019-10-14
Creating dialogue between your students can be a challenging yet fundamental part of teaching. Effective communication can help to build and foster a safe learning environment where students can thrive, prosper and learn.

The importance of establishing good communication at a young age is critical in a child’s development and future learning. The communication skills that students learn at school are fully transferable and essential across all aspects of life. Furthermore, it has been proven that supportive teacher-student relationships have a positive impact on class participation, engagement and ultimately a student’s achievements.

Communication can be described as the process where people exchange thoughts or ideas with one another. The benefits of fostering such relationships enables students to freely discuss thoughts and ideas, and creates an open environment in which questions can be asked without the risk of being judged or humiliated.

Poor communication is the main reason why students lack motivation, perform badly and consequently dropout of school. According to many studies, success of students is directly related to effective communication of their teacher. Nurturing this kind of interactive and engaging teaching environment demands regular and effective communication. We have compiled our top techniques to create a positive dialogue between students and teachers.

So let's see what you can do.

  1. Create a safe environment
  2. Encourage teamwork
  3. Don’t stand at the front of the classroom
  4. Use some active listening exercises
  5. Be sure to give positive feedback

1. Create a safe environment

Create a safe and supportive environment where students feel comfortable to open up and express their thoughts and ideas. An atmosphere that allows students to ask if they need help is crucial to their academic success. It is important that at all stages of the teaching process that you nurture this kind of non-judgemental environment.

By having an open door policy and allowing students to pop in and talk about anything that may occur is a great way to promote good communication. Giving students extra support, tuition or explanations before and after class helps shy students that don’t feel comfortable in class to ask questions to learn. This is something we here at Mentimeter strive to promote.

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A recent study from the University of Reading showed some very interesting results and highlighted the benefits that Mentimeter brings to the classroom.

2. More teamwork

Doing more team activities, and group work is a great way to take the focus off competing with one another and concentrate more on working together to get the best results. It can encourage communication, cooperation and collaboration and help students talk more and effectively express themselves with their peers. Something that is transferable across all aspects of life and particularly important in their future working lives.

3. Don’t stand at the front of the classroom

Moving around the classroom, and getting involved with the students will create less of a student-teacher feel. By moving away from the front of the classroom and joining them either at their desks to discuss ideas and getting involved in small discussions will help them feel more comfortable and more likely to open up.

4. Active listening

Listen to hear your students, not just to respond and give an answer. Sometimes just lending an ear can be extremely useful in promoting a supportive and caring environment.

Other times, students have a question about homework or need some clarification about a topic that has been discussed where an answer is needed. Listening to your students enables you to provide better assistance and consequently a better education.

5. Positive feedback

Often teachers forget to mention when a student has performed well and instead focus on the negative aspects such as bad behavior. This can have significant effects and demoralize students. Although negative feedback can create positive outcomes by helping students to improve, giving positive feedback is a necessary part of promoting effective communication in the classroom.

It has been shown that students that receive praise are more likely to believe that they can accomplish tasks and be successful. Other benefits are that it can help to build a student’s confidence, create a good rapport and supportive environment.

Conversely, it can be beneficial to encourage your students to give you feedback. Allowing them to share their feedback on lessons or teaching styles shows that you appreciate and value their opinion as well as helping to improve learning.

Be sure to try out some of our Education Templates for ways to open the lines of communication in your classroom.

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