3.5

Use effective classroom communication

Use effective verbal and nonverbal communication strategies to support student understanding, participation, engagement and achievement.

There are many ways in which I use verbal and nonverbal strategies to support my students understanding engagement and achievement

Verbal strategies.

After scaffolding a new idea I ask concept checking questions to make sure my students have understood the task at hand.

I praise consistent effort despite the inevitable struggle at times for all students. I encourage discussion amongst my students and active listening in participation

Non verbal.

I get students attention through clapping or call and response songs. Sometimes I stop students disruptive behaviour by stopping all together in silence until they recognise that they need to pay attention.

In a similar way I use a softer volume with my voice in order to call in students attention. I use open hand gestures and encourage students to put up their hands if they want to speak in a discussion.

I use a points system on the board to reward good behaviour and similarly to make students aware of disruptive behaviour.

I am aware of my body language, giving instructions with a friendly facial gesture, making eye contact with my students and being aware not to fold my arms closing my body off to the students.

Similarly I monitor the body language of my students which help to give me an insight in what is going on for them.

I ask my students to do the five L’s.

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