Effective Communication (Oral andWritten) in Education Teaching isclearly one of those jobs that requires high skill in communication. Thelistening, speaking, reading, and writing capability of an individual is a mustbefore he/she began teaching.
According to Freddie Silver (2017), excellentteachers are those who are “proficient in communicating, receiving information,and understanding and synthesizing it to express at a high level, thereforetransmitting knowledge, skills, and values while communicating their care totheir students.”. He added that an excellent teacher motivates their studentsto learn. Communication is not a one way channel. It is both “receptive andexpressive” as Silver said. Teachers should not only teach or express, but hearand receive at the same time. The opinions and ideas of students matters asmuch as teachers’.
Silver statedthat teachers “must be able to break down complex ideas into simpler parts andsmaller steps to transmit to their students.”. A teacher’s job is not only tostate a word’s definition, but to be able to teach his/her students how to usethe word, when should it be used, and why would you use it. This would only bepossible if the teacher has the capability to communicate himself/herselfproperly. Explanations would be dull and harder for students to graspotherwise. A complete understanding of the subject matter, with the propercommunicating skills, is definitely a manifestation of an excellent teacher. Teachers shouldnot only communicate what they teach, but also their care and concern for theirstudents through tone of voice and body language as added by Silver. Effectivecommunication can be achieved if both parties address each other well and showsrespect and concern to one another.
The teaching method would be far lesseffectual if one of the two communicating with each other is unwilling. Theremust be adequate efforts of speaking and listening on both sides for theeducation itself be more effective, and it will only be possible if the teacherhimself/herself is eager to be concerned with his/her students and vice versa.Appreciation for the students work and success is definitely an encouragementto them.Silver statedthat it is not only through the students themselves that the teachers shouldexpress themselves, but also to their parents. Every student has their ownstrengths and weaknesses, and their parents must understand those entirely asto not misjudge their children, and rather support them. This is one of thereasons why teachers should be excellent communicators as well, because awell-stated criticism of the them to the parent’s children will lead to parentsguiding their children better. A well guided child is more likely to be abetter student than those who does lack supervision.
Face to face confrontationof teachers and parents is very necessary for the education system to be moreeffective, and requires much of communicating skills. According toKevin Clayton (2017), “While most of the work done by schools is focusededucating their pupils, many head teachers realise the importance ofmaintaining and constantly improving communication parents. A lot of researchand study has been undertaken in recent years that prove the benefits ofinvolving parents more deeply in the educational process.”. This tells us thatthe teacher-parent relationships help on improving the educational qualityobtained by the students by making sure that parents are involved in theirchildren’s education. Parents are encouraged to contact their children’steachers as much as possible. Another pointclaimed by Silver, that “Good teaching involves consultation with colleagues.
“,is something most have been overlooking at. Good communication between teachersand professors signifies a better environment for academic learning andteaching. Teachers that criticize and are being criticized are those whoseteaching capabilities would be improved, laying down one by one each othersstrengths and weaknesses. As Silver mentioned, “teachers stay abreast of newdevelopments in education by reading journals, listening to new ideas fromtheir administrators and school board consultants, and sharing and discussingthese ideas with colleagues.”. According toValita Quattlebaum (2012), the benefits of having an effective communicatingschool faculty are (1) Keeps parents infromed about the activities involvingtheir children, (2) Helps in promoting both the student and faculty’sachievement, (3) Provides reliable information every time especially duringcrises and more.
It solidifies the statement of Clayton that propercommunication will establish better relationships for the parents and teachersand the parents with their children themselves, resulting to better studentguidance. With the current technology of this generation, it is not too hard toconnect with more and more people everyday, from the internet down to thesmartphones, everyone seems to be in touch. It is far more valuable forteachers to include the parents in their journey to producing top classstudents, as they are both the building blocks of education, not the teachersand schools alone. Promoting ones achievements and acknowledging them is thebest way to teach people to do better and yearn for it. An acknowledged studentis likely to perform well as how he did perform before to keep theacknowledgments and awards coming, compared to those who do good but did notget acknowledged. It is a simple but effective way to promote academicexcellence. Not only the one student who obtained a medal can benefit to beingacknowledged, but those who hunger for it as well, will pursue and try harderon studying even more.
An institution without effective communication wouldsimply ignore ones achievements and continues their work without honoring aperson’s success, thus, reducing the overall drive to work harder.A school is notonly a place for studying, but also for relaying relevant information tocitizens during crises and emergencies such as storms or earthquakes. Schoolsare often used as emergency shelters, as it can hold a large amount of people,especially those who have gymnasiums. Assuming an crisis took place, theschool’s staff and faculties are requested to do their duties to help andprovide people with food, shelter, and information, and as such, requiresproper communicating skills and abilities for them to be able to serve better.
Since most schools do hire teachers that can communicate well, they are thebest in terms of leading and guiding evacuees, because communication is the keyin surpassing such a difficult event. A teacher shouldbe able to use their country’s language for them to be able to effectivelyteach their students. The proper manipulation and sentences construction, quickthinking, and correct execution are skills that a good teacher should posses,as they factor on how students see studying and absorb the lessons beingtaught. A student will understand a more direct approach and clear spokenexplanations rather than a dull one. Teaching is like cutting a chunk ofvegetable with a knife. The sharper the knife is, the easier for it to cut,similar to a teacher’s communicating skills.
The better the teacher couldexpress himself, the easier for the students to learn. It is not anoverstatement if one say that “Communication is a key for a brighter future”,be it small-scale such as families or students with their teachers, orlarge-scale like companies, communities, or countries, it proves to be thetying string to connect us humans to one another if used properly and notgenerate catastrophes, but understanding. Different Communication Materialsin Education “Children arealso benefiting from advances in technology. It means that parents are in asense ‘more on the ball’ than they may have been in the past.
Parents aren’tjust being contacted when things go wrong or if there is a problem that needsto be addressed. They’re involved in the school’s communication strategy andhead teachers can now put this kind of approach at the forefront of all theirpolicies.” added by Clayton in his essay. This is being implemented in Malayan Colleges Laguna,where the contact information of parents of all students are gathered, andbeing used when students have done something against the school’s law oragainst his/her classmates, faculty, or schoolmates. This helpful as thestudents can be disciplined further by their parents after school to guide themto the right path of behavior.
Social media hasbeen widely used by people to communicate with one another this past decade asit proved to be easier and a lot faster than the conventional mailing andtexting through phones. Education is not an exemption. According to Ofcom, “66%of all adults aged 16+ have a profile on at least one social networking site,and thought the report doesn’t break down these figures by age group, it’sreasonable to assume that among those of university age, that percentage couldpotentially be much higher.”. The population of social media users in thestudent age group is assumed to be the majority, that’s why social media’sinfluence is definitely huge.
Schools responds to this by increasing their useof social media as well to market their own institution, or to improve theiracademic communication. Schools of the new generation are seen to beimplementing communication strategies for the teacher-student relationship towork better. Facebook is the most common social media platform to be harnessedit’s capabilities in the current educational systems of our era. Teachers andstudents can create a “group chat” to further the communication between theminside and especially outside of their corresponding schools. Also teachers canchat a single student, to tell him/her how he does academically, his/herstrengths and weaknesses, and how he/she can improve or do better. This alsoapplies to the student’s parents, as the teacher-parent relationship is now easierto establish with social media. eLearning is an”electronically mediated asynchronous and synchronous communication forconstructing and confirming knowledge” according to Garrison (2011).
Sangra etal (2012) claimed that it can be considered as a “natural evolution of distancelearning by taking advantage of the tools emerged in the context of technologyfor structuring education”. eLearning is one of the most recent tools for thecurrent education institutions to utilize, and requires internet access andcommunication devices for both teachers and students. There has never been alevel of communication this extensive before the internet became prevalent, andshould not be taken for granted as such.According toOsiyemi (2016), eLearning has been relevant in the education of this era. “Thisencourage students to take responsibility for their own learning to buildself-confidence as said” by Osiyemi. He claimed that “eLearning has a positiveimpact on teaching and learning, and its role is an extensive part in educationif properly adopted.” The communication between teachers and their students istaken to another level with the adaptation of this technology. An example ofwhich is being implemented already in the Malayan Colleges Laguna, known to beas the “MCL Blackboard Learn”.
Teachers can task students different assignmentsand activities that students can submit in the said online academic platform.It is designed so that the teacher-student communication outside school ismanaged properly, as students can easily assess their performance by seeingtheir grades, and look for themselves where would they need to improve. A powerpointpresentation seen from a projector or a tv screen is one of the tools beingused worldwide not only in companies but also schools and academicinstitutions. It is simply the easiest way to display and convey information,be it an opinion, statement, definition, or graphs and charts. It is one of theeasiest presentation tools to master and utilize, and provides convenience toboth teachers and students. A numerous amount of words could be easilydisplayed in a television instead of being written on the blackboard byteachers, thus, making the teaching and learning process a lot faster and moreefficient.
It is by far the most effective medium of teaching as it encompassesboth ease of use and efficiency of information absorption. The powerpointpresentation themselves can also easily be uploaded in a social media oreLearning platform for the students to utilize the learning materials evenafter class. As technology grows, so does the level of communication throughdifferent devices and medium. In the near future, technology of communicationdevices would drastically improve, and the educational system will hugelybenefit from it.