Teaching is a noble profession and all teachers whether teaching in the primary, secondary or post secondary educational institutions are all noble men and women who are helping in creating and shaping the society. Most of the teaching and learning in educational institutions takes place in the classroom where there is a close contact between the teacher and the student. It is the oldest method of teaching known to man but it is also a very scientific model of teaching because it takes into consideration several factors such as the psychology of the student, the learning environment, the teaching aids, the infrastructure and the psychic disposition of both the teacher and the student even outside the classroom environment.
Here, we are going to examine the science involved in classroom communication during teaching and learning with a view to identifying those germane verbal communication tips needed for teaching to be effective in the classroom.
First of all, aim at winning the hearts and minds of your students. This is the prelude to winning their ears. You can achieve this as a teacher by making your students your friends, been genuinely concerned about their welfare and even asking them personal questions. Identify their different temperaments:- choleric, melancholic, sanguine and phlegmatic. Your first encounter with your students as a teacher should not always be based on academics……it is supposed to be a period where you get acquainted with them on a personal level.
Secondly, you have to determine your objectives as a teacher. You have to identify from the onset what you want to pass across to your students.
Thirdly, you have to decipher the knowledge base of the students on topic you are introducing. Do your students have a prior idea or understanding about the topic at hand?
Fourthly, planning the communication is key to effective teaching. The examples and analogies to use while teaching and communicating is taking into consideration including the cultural, religious and traditional beliefs of the students; how to proceed and how to conclude within the stipulated timeframe.
Your psychological and emotional stability is germane while communicating with your students. As a teacher, you must be in the right emotional of mind and aim at minimizing interruptions while teaching. This means that you must be logical, maintain eye contact with your students, and be appealing and interesting.
Lastly, you must employ the feedback mechanism. You must evaluate the impact of your communication on the students….did they understand the topic taught? Encourage them to ask you questions in areas they do not understand and give detailed explanations with concrete references. Check their notes or recording devices and set a short test exam to further evaluate their level of comprehension at the end of the lesson.