A lot of significance is attached to communicating effectively in schools. It is a fact that students who can communicate properly stand out in the class. Effective communication in schools is extremely vital as this is the period and the platform where children get to prepare themselves for the real world ‘outside’.
In schools communication takes place in several planes. Effective communication is akin to learning. A school being a learning-rich environment, every member of the school is expected to communicate effectively and for this one has to depend upon effective communication. Both the faculty and the students must be actively involved in the process of communication.
Communication should not only be mistaken for information sharing only. Effective communication in a school is capable to facilitate talent, creative thinking, a change in attitude etc. It is extremely important that students learn the value of team work and coordination from the early stages of their lives. A school is an institution where the students learn that they have to communicate with other fellow students to get work done. It is in the school that the students learn that their ideas, opinions and efforts are valued and that they are active members of the society.
Communication in school can be verbal or physical. Physical communication includes the use of jesters, eye contact, appearance, body movement etc. Most of the times, it’s the communion of both verbal and physical that leads to convey objective messages and clarity while communicating. Hence it wouldn’t be an understatement to say that each type of communication supplements the other for bringing about maximum expression. It must also be noted that effective communication demands interpersonal skills.
In a school setting it is very essential that there is congruence between the message meant to be expressed by the mode of communication and what we actually say. For instance, a teacher saying “I want you to do your homework properly” and laughing at the same time might not be as effective as convening the same message seriously. Hence, in order to communicate efficiently in school one needs to have strong interpersonal skills.
Effective communication is an active process which demands correct interpretation of what is being said. Hence it doesn’t take rocket science to figure out that active listening is an important part of effective communication. Clarity also plays a vital role when you are intending to communicate effectively. Without clarity, communication might not have the same effect as intended.
Effective communication demands lateral thinking. To be an effective communicator you must be willing to look at things from different perspectives. This will enable you to understand how your fellow students feel and think thus enriching your own experience as a communicator. Effective communication involves paying close attention to what is being said, assigning meaning to the message, comparing and contrasting the information with past experience and knowledge and above all sending it to long-term memory that you may easily recall it at times and situations of need. In the lack of any of the procedures it is possible that effective communication has not taken place.
In schools the Principals and teachers, faculty staffs and students all must be consistently involved in the process of effective communication. Effective communication has everything to do with constructing a positive school environment. A constructive positive school learning environment is always open to change. It acknowledges feedbacks and mistakes as something that can help the school improve and better itself in comparison to other school of the same category. This is the most ideal environment that can lead to student learning.
Effective communication in schools also has a lot to do with the right mind set. A school is a place where a friendly competition should always be encouraged. Friendly competition between teachers teaching various subjects, and students learning these subjects can enable both the teachers and the students to learn properly. Here the school becomes a culturally rich learning platform. Here comparing teaching methods and techniques and evaluating one’s standing facilitates a sound and competitive learning environment. However, it must be taken into utmost consideration that both the teachers and the students not feel pressurized.
In a school, consultants, advisers, counselors, teachers, head of department and students should all actively participate in the process of effective communication if learning is to occur in the most heightened degree. Effective communicators and motivators become effective leaders and the school is a platform that facilitates just that.