Communication &Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults
How to establish respectful, professional relationships with children To build relationships with children and young people I need to adapt my behaviour and communication to be in line with their age and understanding. I need to show them that I am fair trustworthy caring. Also being positive and happy, being aware of my body language and facial expressions when talking to children, has a massive impact on the relationships I build with pupils. Showing them that their views and ideas are just as valuable as mine or yours, and they are a valued member of the school community, all of the above is established over a short period of time after establishing ground rules and mutual respect. Appropriate behaviour for a child or young person’s stage of development I need to ensure that when I am communicating with children that I take into consideration their stage of development. Children of different needs and ages will need varying levels of attention and support according to their needs and the amount of time they can concentrate. Pupils in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 – These pupils are still very young and are still developing their communication and language skills. When speaking to a child in these stages I should get down to their level so I am not towering above them, as this can be scary for some children. They may frequently need reminding about the importance of listening to others and taking turns to speak. I need to be very clear and check their understanding after I have spoken to them, by asking them to repeat back what I said. Children at this stage also find it hard to manage change or times of excitement; preparations for these times should be put in place, as their behaviour may become erratic. Pupils in Key Stage 2 – When children go into Key Stage 2 they may be starting to mature in the way in which they communicate. They will be more used to the formalities of conversation and will be less self-centred. They will be more considerate and invite others to speak first. Some may still need reminding from time to time about waiting for their turn to speak; this may be part of their personality although it could be due to immaturity. Pupils in Key Stage 3 and 4
Children at this stage will be used to formal and informal language and will know how to communicate with others. Teenagers will often become self conscious about speaking in front of others and become embarrassed easily. I would need to give them time to do this in groups to regain their confidence if this happens and to encourage them to speak out. I have found that showing teenagers that their views and ideas in the classroom are very valid, (as long as they are on subject) this gives them the confidence to speak out and increases their understanding and knowledge of the given subject. Dealing with disagreements between children
Children always fall out and have disagreements with their peers; this is part of growing up and their development. Learning about themselves and how to act to fit a community. Most of this tends to happen at break time or at lunch time, but also happen frequently during learning time/CIP. When this happens I bring the children together, ask them what has happened giving them each a turn to speak, establish weather one was in the wrong and decide if apologies are due or further action is to be taken, i.e. referral to another member of staff. The children are encouraged to talk about how they feel, acceptance of what happened and are encouraged to apologies where due and move on. How my behaviour can have a positive or Negative impact with children’s interaction. My behaviour towards other will always have an impact on the children I work with, as children (especially young ones) look up to their adults and take their lead from those around them. My behaviour will be mirrored in the children around me, if I am rude, ignorant and have an...
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