Communication and professional relationships
With children, young people and adults.
When working within a school environment you have to have effective communication and also show you have strong communication skills to convey to the other people within the environment that you are approachable. You need to make sure all the individuals feel valued and secure. However you also need to set clear ground rules for effective communication and this will develop a mutually effective relationship. The best forms of communication are as follows: * Verbal – speaking, using appropriate language for the age of the person * Non - verbal – Sign language, body language and eye contact * Formal – In the classroom or meeting environment * Informal – General chat, questions for instance “how do you think you have done?”
Remember the children watch you as an adult. Make sure lessons are prepared to go from the children walking in e.g. worksheets ready etc. as this is a positive start to the lesson for them. If it is not ready and you have to set up lessons while the children have to wait the children will lose interest and cause a negative reaction. Another way to make a positive learning environment is to ask the children questions, for example, “do you understand the task we have to do?”, “can you tell me what you feel the outcome of the task maybe?” By asking those questions this ensures that you are aware they have full understanding of the task they have to achieve and also gives them the opportunity to ask any questions that may arise to make sure they do have full understanding.
By using the four ways of effective communication you will also have an impact as a role model, as the children or young people you are working with will take lead from your behaviour, if you show respect they will follow your actions and give respect. The definition of a role model is “significant person who’s actions, speech or