As teaching should be a participative and interactive activity, there must be a kind of communication between teachers and their students. As a result, teachers should be well aware of the principles and techniques that help them be more effective communicators and get what they want from their communication with students. The main six of these principles are as follow:
1. Listening well with signals that prove attention and interest in what students say.
2. Using the voice well with variations of tone that send various responding messages to what students say or do.
3. Using suitable words to convey clear messages and instructions so that students know well what to do exactly.
4. Making the best use of body language to control the class and demonstrate attitudes towards students’ actions.
5. Communicating by eye contact to show interest or encourage students to correct their errors by themselves.
6. Considering the effects of physical environment on creating effective communication. Rearranging the furniture, opening a window, hanging some photos or pictures, sticking some wall sheets and many other similar things can make a big difference with our communication with students.
In fact, there are many other communication principles teachers should stick to while interacting with their students and it’s your turn to add one more below.
Remember that miscommunication between a teacher and his/her students is enough to hinder learning or prevent achieving teaching objectives.