Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Cache Level 3

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Communication & professional relationships with children, young people & adults.

1. Explain why effective communication is important in developing positive relationships with:

* Children

Effective communication with children is important to make sure that they understand the language of learning so that they can grasp concepts and ideas, actively take part in problem solving and successfully develop their own ideas and opinions. It is important for children to be able to feel welcome in the classroom environment and valued within the school. Encouraging children to ask questions, give their own answers and contribute to class activities will help to develop a positive working relationship with the children. It is also important to listen to children speak so that they know that their views and opinions are valued by the teacher. This also encourages them to actively volunteer their views more readily. A positive relationship with a child will encourage positive social skills and appropriate interaction with other children and adults.

* Young people

As with children, developing a positive relationship with young people is important in effective communication. If you are seen to be in ultimate control of everything and set limits and parameters to tasks and the learning environment you are unlikely to get positive results from your pupils. Whereas straight, simple answers to questions are fine for young children, encouraging thought processes and giving more detailed answers are more suited to older pupils. If you don’t know the answer to a question, don’t simply dismiss it, help and encourage the pupil to use different resources to find the answer. The information should be appropriate to their age and developmental level. Supporting their learning in this way strengthens a positive teacher-pupil relationship and reinforces the message that you are there to support them. This approach will help them to demonstrate positive learning

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