Essay on Skills for an Effective Communication

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As an early childhood educator being able to communicate effectively is very important; without the ability to do so would make it very difficult to successfully teach children and build working relationships with parents and staff. Communicating is the ability to connect with others by exchanging ideas and feelings both verbally and non-verbally. Verbal communication can consist of spoken conversations (face to face or phone calls) or written messages (letters, emails & newsletters). Non-verbal communication includes facial expressions, body language, eye contact, tone and pauses and is less direct but just as important. Good communication skills are essential for anyone working in the early childhood industry, because being able to …show more content…
This is an example of children learning through nonverbal communication, if a child was frequently misbehaving in class and the teacher reacted in a negative way towards them each time then the other children might believe that they should think of the child that way too (Stanulis & Manning, 2002, p.3). Students depend on their teacher for guidance, feedback and structure throughout their learning process. If a teacher is not communicating correctly the student could misinterpret or lose grasp of what is actually being said. An EPPE study that was conducted in 2003 highlighted the fact that students who had highly skilled early childhood teachers received better outcomes than those who did not. The results showed that teachers with better training knew how to effectively communicate with children who in turn had a major impact on their development (Cooper, 2010, p.17).
The ability to communicate is an essential life skill for all children; until a child’s communication skills have been fully developed they are unable to reach their full potential (Cooper, 2010, p.2). It is best to always pronounce words clearly and use correct grammar when speaking with children as most of them can understand more than what they can say (Meggit & Walker, 2004, p.163). How you communicate with a child can determine whether your instructions are followed or not. For example, instructing a child ‘not’ to do something would be less effective
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