Among the various aspects that are important for effective human resource management, communication skill among people in an organization plays an important role. It is generally believed that a teacher's subject knowledge is only fifty percent and the remaining fifty percent is their interpersonal or communication skills. In a class, it is not only important to deliver a quality lecture, but more important is the presentation of the lesson or lecture in the classroom. Therefore, communication skills for teachers are as important as what they teach, in addition to their deep subject knowledge. It is important for teachers to understand that communication skills play a significant role in classroom instruction. He must be aware that not all students have the same cognitive abilities. They have their strengths and weaknesses. It is through effective communication skills that a teacher can bridge the gap and present creative and effective solutions to students' problems. In this way, the teacher can improve the learning process. If its facts and ideas can accurately transfer from person to person, from group to group and from level to level, we can say that the learning process has been effective.
It was found that there is insufficient recognition that communication is a two-way process and that each person in an organization is both a sender and a receiver in a communication network. Listening to your student's questions and doubts is the foundation of a cordial classroom climate to facilitate the development of understanding of the lessons in many learning environments. Most often, this upward communication is ignored and only lecture or downward communication is established. This will not help to fully understand the subject properly and quickly. Included are some of the communication skills that a teacher must have in order to communicate properly with students –
One of the important things a teacher must have is positive motivation. Students have different kinds of tastes and preferences over the subjects offered. So he spends more time on subjects he likes and less time on subjects that seem boring or difficult to grasp. Thus, the role of the teacher is crucial in creating enthusiasm and interest in the minds of students for a subject that they find hard, boring and difficult to grasp. The teacher's role is also to remove any fear and inhibitions the student may have about the subject.
Motivation is the ability to meet the needs of students within the current educational environment. They are the psychological features of effective teacher performance. It must indicate the benefits of emotional resilience and intelligence. A teacher should be able to read the emotional context of the learning environment to inspire students to become more familiar with the curriculum.
The teacher should be prepared to carefully critically evaluate the students' efforts and thus provide them with useful consultation and guidance. Must have an attitude of care and respect. Evaluating students' efforts helps minimize their negative attitude toward failure. This inspires them to reach out for existing opportunities in the classroom or outside the classroom. Talking to them carefully will encourage students to improve their communication skills, help them to be open to new solutions and creative decisions. A motivated teacher creates a sense of curiosity in groups of students, so when they develop some new solutions or project ideas, it is wise to encourage and comfort them.
Innovative teachers are effectively motivated in themselves because it is a way to improve qualifications and achieve a thriving organizational climate of understanding and friendliness. In this relationship, motivation is an emotional psychological trigger that helps students and teachers create fruitful sustainable relationships in a positive environment.
Effective body language
“Your body communicates as much as your mouth. Don't contradict yourself.” -Allen Ruddock
In classroom management, teachers have a huge influence on students. A lot depends on how they handle themselves. There is no doubt that Words are powerful and have the ability to lift up the lowest of the low or pull down the highest of the high. But a strong argument could be made that our body language has an even greater influence. Effective body language is the most powerful communication skill and a teacher must have it. In addition to verbal communication skills, good presentation skills also include strong body language. This can create a lasting impression in the minds of students. This will inevitably make teachers' lectures more interactive and interesting for students. In addition, the teacher should maintain the volume, tone and rhythm of his voice during the lecture.
When it comes to student cognition, body language is an important tool for teachers. It's not just lip service; body language also helps you develop rapport and rapport with your students. If a teacher is hunched over the desk or seems disinterested in their students, they may be less interested in respecting him or following his instructions. Conversely, if a teacher stands tall and looks enthusiastic, they are more likely to be taken seriously and students are more likely to respond positively. The most effective communication occurs when the importance of body language in teaching is recognized. To create communication synergy, we need to synchronize body language with verbal communication.
In the classroom, two-thirds of our communication is non-verbal. Between head nods, smiles, frowns, closed postures, head tilts, raised arms, and excited pacing, teachers and students send hundreds of nonverbal cues to each other every day. A teacher's positive body language in the classroom can motivate, inspire and engage students. Not only will it give you confidence and a reason to teach, but it can also reassure your students that you really know what you're talking about. This may even make your students feel safe and confident enough to participate in the learning process. While teaching, nonverbal cues must convey warmth and empathy, reminding students that you are approachable and that you are helping them grow.
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(The Author is Assistant Professor, Sri Pratap College)