Communication involves many things, the use of words (what we say and how we say it), ideas and feelings.
Teaching involves communication in different ways such as with words (kind, unkind, assertive, gentle), with looks (scowls, smiles, frowns), with silence (warm, cold and comfortable), and actions (pats on the back)
Many teachers seldom have trouble with communication with students when it simply involves giving directions or instructions (how to ) or explaining things (why that house caught on fire). They often have difficulty communicating when feelings are involved, be it their kids feelings or their own.
Effective communication helps to develop warm relationships, cooperation and healthy self esteem.
Teachers can sometimes struggle with communication and this often leads to conflicts as kids lose self esteem.
As a teacher, I have had many parents and friends approach me for some strategies to use at home to better connect and talk with their kids.
All kids have different needs so you will need to improvise and add details where you feel appropriate.
Talking with kids is the only way you can ensure that they are learning the correct information and the values you wish to instill. You need to be consistent, reliable and open to discussion as much as you possibly can.
The world we live in is constantly changing. We need to try to help our kids build personal self esteem and comprehend various issues that even we sometimes struggle to understand.
Any time that a child is curious enough to ask a question, it becomes a teaching moment for which we can take advantage.
Although we may find some issues difficult to explain, we must try. If we want our kids to remain motivated to come to us to ask questions, we must keep the lines of communication open and offer answers.
Kids want their teachers to talk to them about even the toughest issues. Teaching is about caring.
If children are old enough to ask a question, then they are old enough to know the correct answers and correct words.
The degree of details you give should be modified according to their age and maturity level.
We need to keep in mind that when teaching, kids ask us questions about sensitive issues, they are often looking for two things in particular, reassurance and information.
For example, when young children ask us why two people died in a car accident, we need to explain the short and simple facts then follow up with the emotional side of things – that accidents don't always happen to everyone and that they are safe. We shouldn't overwhelm them with details that will only frighten them.