Effective Teaching Skills – I
Among the various aspects that are important for effective human resource management, communication skills between people in an organization play an important role. It is commonly 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 give a quality lesson, but more important is the presentation of the lesson or lecture in class. Therefore, teachers’ communication skills are as important as what they teach, in addition to their in-depth subject knowledge. It is important for teachers to understand that communication skills play an important role in classroom instruction. He must be aware that all students do not have the same cognitive abilities. They have their strengths and their 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 his facts and ideas can be transferred accurately from person to person, group to group and level to level, we can say that the learning process has been effective. .
It has been 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 basis of a cordial classroom climate to facilitate the development of lesson understanding in many learning environments. Most often, this uplink is ignored and only the conference or downlink is established. It will not help to fully understand the topic correctly and quickly. Included are some of the communication skills that a teacher must have to communicate well with students –
One of the important things a teacher must have is positive motivation. Students have different types of tastes and preferences on the subjects offered. So he spends more time on topics he likes and less time on topics 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 which they find difficult, boring and hard to grasp. The role of the teacher is also to remove the fears and inhibitions that the student may have on the subject.
Motivation is the ability to meet the needs of students in the current educational environment. These are the psychological characteristics of effective teacher performance. It should indicate the benefits of emotional resilience and intelligence. A teacher must be able to read the emotional context of the learning environment to engage students with the curriculum.
The teacher must be prepared to carefully and critically assess the students’ efforts and thus provide them with useful advice and guidance. Must have an attitude of care and respect. Evaluating students’ efforts helps to minimize their negative attitude towards failure. This encourages them to seize 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 come up with new solutions or project ideas, it’s wise to encourage and comfort them.
Innovative teachers are indeed self-motivated as a way to improve their qualifications and create a flourishing organizational climate of understanding and friendliness. In this relationship, motivation is an emotional psychological trigger that helps students and teachers create lasting and successful 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. Much depends on how they behave. There is no doubt that words are powerful and have the ability to lift the lowest of lows or lower the highest of highs. 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 teacher conferences more interactive and interesting for students. In addition, the teacher must maintain the volume, tone and rhythm of their voice during the lesson.
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 them or following their instructions. Conversely, if a teacher stands up straight 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 class, two-thirds of our communication is non-verbal. Between nods, smiles, frowns, closed postures, head tilts, raised arms, and excited footsteps, teachers and students send each other hundreds of nonverbal cues every day. A teacher’s positive body language in the classroom can motivate, inspire and engage students. Not only will this give you confidence and a reason to teach, but it can also reassure your students that you really know what you’re talking about. It can even make your students feel safe and confident enough to participate in the learning process. During teaching, nonverbal cues should convey warmth and empathy, reminding students that you are approachable and helping them grow.
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(The author is Assistant Professor, Sri Pratap College)