Is my Classroom Communication Friendly?

Everyone knows that one of the most important things to get a good atmosphere in the classroom as a teacher is to be able to control and manage communicative exchanges in a friendly way. So, all teachers have to wonder themselves:

Is my Classroom Communication Friendly?

High School Classroom

Suggestions for a more communication friendly classroom

I think that it is so important in the lessons, so you can see below some suggestions for a more communication friendly classroom, depending on different cases you could find in your class:

There are students in my class who repeatedly interrupt and have poor listening and concentration skills.

  • Explain the structure of the lesson-i.e. what is to be covered at the start of the lesson.
  • Check that the student understands the rules of social communication i.e. Listen to others, take turns, look at who is speaking.
  • Ensure classroom rules are clear and visible and referred to.
  • Use a multi-sensory teaching approach when appropriate, e.g. visual, kinaesthetic, auditory (visual skills are often a strength).
  • Consider classroom layout and seating arrangements.
  • Liaise with Teaching Assistants.
  • Check with SENCO/ALNCo if a “social skills” group is available.

Niño interrumpiendo clase

There are students who repeatedly request adult reassurance.

  • Put a system in place to encourage independence e.g. breakdown task, provide visual plan and ensure the task is within capabilities of student.
  • Check pupils understanding and provide demonstration, or an example of a completed task.
  • Be flexible in how you allow the student to record and present their work.
  • Praise independence.
  • Liaise with Teaching Assistants.

Teacher and pupil

There are students who are unable to respond appropriately.

  • Keep your language simple and be specific. Use short sentences, leave gaps between them, ensure that the pupil has understood instructions.
  • When giving instructions provide time for thinking and processing.
  • Provide visual prompts for the key words in order to help students understand and retain information.
  • Prepare students for what to expect e.g. I am going to ask you a question.
  • Give positive instructions rather than negative ones. Tell a  student what to do rather than what not to do.

niña frustrada

There are students in my class who never or rarely contribute verbally.

  • Ensure there are opportunities for all students to contribute.
  • Provide opportunities for students to discuss, plan and practise options with their peers and support staff before being asked to contribute.
  • Liaise with any Teaching Assistants.
  • Check with SENCO/ALNCo for students level of language & understanding.
  • Check your own language, try not to use complexities, sarcasm, innuendo, double meanings and inference.
  • Frame questions as alternatives e.g. “Do you think X or Y”.

Don't participate in class

There are students in my class who are isolated from the group or have poor relationships with their peers.

  • Structure groups carefully and sensitively (these students can have very low self-steem).
  • Ensure that pupils understand their role and the roles of others in the group.
  • Liaise with Teaching Assistants.
  • Check with your SENCO/ALNCo if he/she runs a “social skills” group, also check if he/she uses a buddy system.

Bullying

There are students who are frequently late for class or who forget equipment or don’t complete homework.

  • Check with SENCO/ALNCo whether the student has organisational and/or memory difficulties.
  • Consider supportive strategies such as equipment checklists/ visual memory jogger time and appropriate method for recording homework.
  • Ensure that the student has a clear colour coded weekly timetable that they understand.
  • Keep a supply of spare equipment available for pupils who have obvious organisational difficulties.
  • Allow times for students to record homework in their journals.
  • Liaise with Teaching Assistants.

Niña que no acaba deberes en casa

There are students who misinterpret non verbal communication.

  • Be aware of your own use of facial expression, gesture, tone of voice & body language (all forms of non verbal communication).
  • Check with the SENCo/ALNCo if training in social skills is available.

profesor en el aula

 

Advertisements

As Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can change the world”.

Goodness, education, respect, courage, freedom, union, reconciliation, forgiveness, change, power, intelligence, determination, love and more it was inspired by Mandela along his life to make both a better country as South Africa and a respectful world.

Nelson Mandela. Education

Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), well-know as “Madiba” too, was one of these kind of people who is considered as a myth and legend both by their words and their actions to unite a wonderful country which was South Africa.

This amazing country suffered an official policy of racial segregation formerly practiced in the Republic of South Africa, involving political, legal, and economic discrimination against nonwhites. This awful, heartless, pitiless, cruel and inhuman policy was called “apartheid”. This word means ‘the state of being apart’ and his ruthless policy lasted from 1948 to 1994.

Thanks to Nelson Mandela as a political model through reconciliation ideologies and policies apartheid ended in 1994, due to the multi-racial democratic elections.

As an important fact, Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962 and in 1964 was sentenced to life imprisonment for conspiracy to overthrow the state.  Thus, Mandela served over 27 years in prison and was released in 1990, during a time of escalating civil strife.

But, why was Nelson Mandela put in jail for 27 years?

Nelson Mandela was put in jail for trying to fight for his rights and to stop violence between white and black people. So, he was trying to stop racism. Otherwise, he also was initially sentenced to prison for encouraging black South Africans to go on strike and for illegally leaving South Africa.

These unfair reasons put in jail to him. However, when Mandela left the jail he only wanted the reconciliation and forgiveness to unite his country. It demands a lot of courage, education, personality and love.

For this reason I would like to remember some of his phrases to make a better world. One of the best was “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can change the world”. Therefore, if you are a educated person you has a amazing human values, you are able to get your aims, goals, objectives, as long as you respect everyone. In other words, respect differences (race, sex, gender, social class…) among people around the world.  Everyone is part of this world so that everyone deserves to live a dignified and happy life regardless of their differences. Moreover, differences enrich, because we can learn from other cultures and other people to be better people and professionals. So, living everyone together to make a great world with equal and fair opportunities for everyone, based on human rights.

However, he taught us so many wise words, quotes, phrases that we will never forget. So, Nelson Mandela, ex president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner during his long life, inspired countless individuals. Here is a collection of quotes that personify his spirit:

1) “Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.”

2) “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

3) “If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man.”

4) “I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.”

5) “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.”

6) “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”

7) “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”

8) “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

9) “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

10) “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

11) “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

12) “Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”

13)  “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

14) “I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.”

15) “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

South Africans on Mandela “He is the person who saved this country”. So, thank you for helping your country, people and the world Madiba. You will always be in the mind and heart of everyone. Thank you.

 

Nelson Mandela. It aways seems impossible until it's done.

We need to change the world

Where is the love?

As the song says “Where is the love?” by Black Eyed Peas the society is losing completely its values, which will be very difficult to recuperate. This generation is only thinking about money, fancy cars, party and luxurious houses. Therefore, It is logically easy to see that the most important or relevant issue for people is the superficiality, fame, popularity and self-centeredness, in other words, thinking in yourself only. However, these kinds of external values are currently more powerful than internal values such as generosity, solidarity, fellowship, partnership, friendship and depth.

Thus, the media every day show us that the most successful person is  who has beauty and money, everything what either we can touch or look at. Nevertheless, where are the feelings? How to feel better about others and yourself? Certainly I believe that society is frightened about feeling and only want to touch and look at.

This significant problem, among many others, I think that is one of the most difficult to sort out, because it is able to destroy absolutely everything (families, countries, continents even the world). If being human is thinking about yourself and nothing else, society will be creating destructive or negative thoughts such as envy, jealousy, excessive competitiveness, instead of thinking about all of us as a network to help, share, tell our experiences and enrich each other. It would be much better for everyone and we would live through goodness and prosperity, which are brilliant or positive  thinking to get the whole happiness. As far as I am concerned, It’s absolutely impossible to educate people with these human values if each one is only thinking about his life and not think about anything else.

Otherwise, for me it is normal that everyone wants to get successful in their lives (to get a nice car, house, good job…), but I sometimes think that we forget human things such as meeting with our friends, family or helping people who may be worst than us.

Eventually, society has to see further than it can look at, and open its eyes to take out the feelings which hopefully has to change this wicked world. So, as Nelson Mandela says “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world“.

 

 

Education as a weapon

International Education and Sport

Welcome to my blog!!!

I am Roberto Royo. I´m a teacher of Physical Education and my vocation is the education and sport. I love sport and think it can help in the values of the children and teenagers. In addition to this, It is a big opportunity for them, because they improve both their personal skills (effort, self-sacrifice, generosity, respect, solidarity, and self-improvement) as group skills (group cohesion, companionship, group cooperation, social communication, teamwork, social relations).

Playing sports is fantastic. This improves health: physically, psychologically and socially. In childhood and adolescence is great for personal development.

Children have to improve their physical condition, self-esteem and self-confidence and coexistence with the society.These aspects are very significant in their future lives. So, childhood and adolescence should be a wonderful time. We’re going to get it!

On the other hand, we sometimes can see violence in the sport, however If these problems are controlled by educators, we can promote fair play, honesty and respect as great pillars.

Furthermore, organizing sports tournaments children can learn different cultures, people, climate, language, make new friends and have new experiences that will benefit them both personally and professionally in the future. Also, they improve their values: respect, integration and empathy. We and they can create a better world.

In my opinion, sport and education are really important in the children´s life. One person have to be able to develop all the capacities. Thus, I think that sport is a perfect tool, because they enjoy, learn, and explore new experiences. Do not forget that they are the future and we must take care them.

I would like to create a fabulous professional group about sport and education in all the world.We can share information from different countries and nationalities. It will be amazing. If you are a passionate of the education and sport. Join here!Let’s work together for a common goal. The education of children and adolescents through sports. We´ll learn a lot of things together!

Thank you very much,

 

Roberto Royo

 

sports_kids