The Importance Of Communication In The Classroom

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Communication is a vital and multifaceted aspect of teaching and learning, as it is the basis of human interaction. When communication is effective, both the student and teacher benefit in numerous ways, including increased self-esteem in students, increased class performance, and personal growth in both parties (Ministry of Education, 2015). Every teacher communicates differently with their students in diverse contexts and situations, using verbal communication as well as non-verbal communication such as classroom setting, curriculum materials and non-verbal gestures or body language (Marsh, 2008). In the classroom, disruptive behavior is not met with commands and reprimands, but instead with a commonly repeated question ‘Is that a good decision to make?’. The teacher can ask a disruptive student who sits with another disruptive student, this question and use their answer to guide their next steps. Using questioning in the psychological/social setting reminded the students of the thinking process they need to undertake when choosing where to sit on the mat or at tables and can get the students to think critically about their decisions. Another way questioning was used was in a pedagogical setting. During an assessment task, students had to catalogue pictures of features such as farms, buildings and playgrounds into categories of natural, managed and constructed. One student told the teacher he did not understand what the picture was of, or where it would go. Instead of
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