As teachers we should demonstrate numerous skills in order to communicate competently with children and young people, I know I do use them on a daily basis but sometimes we should also reflect on them. Children do learn from us to communicate through our responses and children need to know that what they say is valued. We should also make sure children get chance to speak, a little bit like turn taking, whilst they are talking we should make every effort to make eye contact so then the child or young person knows that we are focused and that they have our full attention. I find getting down to the child’s level as some can find it quite daunting you towering over them can help especially if the child is trying to tell you or show you something also smiling shows them positivity. We need to inspire them to feel relaxed and confident enough to ask questions or tell us their ideas
When speaking to children and young people it is important to be clear, concise, age appropriate and supporting needs and abilities.
To communicate effectively with children you should be confident and have a range of skills they should include: active listening, empathising with a child’s point of view, build a trusting relationship, understanding non-verbal communication and explaining and sometimes even recapping the information we give to them.