During this half-day workshop I encourage the teachers to look at themselves and then how they teach the children. Good communication skills can help in both their personal and professional life. Being more aware of what we do and say can enhance our ability to communicate more effectively. I use body language scenarios, relaxation exercises and storytelling games. We are all storytellers. We love stories and most good communication is based on storytelling. Words can provoke images and feelings in the listener and can create suspense and arouse interest. These skills can help in front of the class.
Body language scenarios
Being more aware of what we do and say can enhance our ability to communicate more effectively. Body language comes in clusters of signals and postures so if you wish to communicate well then it makes sense to understand how you can and cannot use your body to say what you mean. Using short scenes actors demonstrate the importantance of non verbal communication. It is astonishing how much we give away through our body language alone.
The most important thing to realise is that teaching is still having a conversation. You don’t need tricks and techniques that make you look like an automaton. Faced with a crowd all looking at us, we can have a primitive, ‘fight or flight’ response. This sets off physical reactions that cut down our breathing and restrict our voice. If you stay ‘centred’ and ‘grounded’ with deep, free breath and a relaxed neck and throat, you will feel and sound more confident. If you are too hyped up you will appear anxious and over eager, too laid back and you could look like you don’t care. If you are relaxed you have more chance of communicating effectively and the nerves will work for you.