Communication is the key attribute all teachers must have in order to teach students; regardless of their age and ability. Effective communication is essential for the student to engage and learn from the teacher. Here we are going to share with you our top tips to improve communication with your students.
Having an Open Door
Having an open-door policy is a great way to allow students to reach out to you as a teacher, in their own time. As some students may feel pressure in talking to a teacher while other students are around. By giving students the option to come and speak to you at any time can help the student feel more comfortable in the classroom.
Listening to Your Students
One of the key elements of effective communication is being able to listen. By listening to your student’s issues and queries, it will allow you to create a positive environment that, sets a good example to the students on the importance of listening as well as talking.
Student Support Policy
School isn’t as easy as some movies make it out to be. Some students find school incredibly stressful, especially at secondary school when it comes to exam times and tensions are running high. It is, therefore, a good idea to ensure your students know that you are there to support them; both academically and morally. This helps boost their confidence and give them a sense of security within the classroom. It’s good to let students know that their teachers are on their side! Learn more about us and how we can provide extra support for both tutors and students.
Create a Fun and Challenging Tasks
There is nothing worse than sitting in a classroom, watching a PowerPoint with no imagination put into it. This leads to students feeling bored and less engaged. By creating exciting and interesting tasks, it allows the students to develop a passion for the subject, improve their problem-solving skills and gives them the opportunity to contribute their ideas to you and their classmates. This will help build their confidence to ask questions and propose ideas to the class.
Don’t be too Serious
School can be at times boring and tedious. However, some teachers have mastered the way to engage with students on a different level. By making jokes, sharing experiences to the class, telling stories (related to the course that is), it helps bring the theoretical work into reality. By telling stories it can help inspire students to pursue something they didn’t know about. This tip we feel is a fantastic way to not only bridge the gap between teacher and student but also provides a platform for student to look forward to that class and find it enjoyable. After all, a teacher can make or break a subject!
Please let us know what you think of our tips by leaving any comments below. If you think we have missed something send us a message and we will add it in and mention you in the article. We hope you find our tips useful and hope they help enhance and improve your communication skills with your students.