Emily E. Fowler

INTASC Standard 6: Communication and Technology

“The teacher uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.”

Communication is essential to the learning environment. There are numerous forms of communication which go into creating a positive learning environment and relate to, interactive with, and instructed students. The most obvious form of communication in the classroom is the verbal interactions which happen between the members of the learning environment. The teacher states directions, the students ask questions, new content is taught, and discussions take place. An often more subtle but equally important form of communication in the classroom is non-verbal communication. The teacher use body language, visuals, and even the physical layout of the classroom to give directions, communicate expectations, model appropriate behavior, and create a visual environment which is both inviting and conducive to learning.

 

In my own classroom I utilize both verbal and non-verbal communication to establish and maintain a positive learning environment which facilitates active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom. To illustrate this I have attached a Lesson Plan which shows just a sampling of the ongoing dialogue which takes place in my classroom. I have also attached several Photos which provide a snapshot of a few of the non-verbal cues I use to direct and lead my students. These artifacts represent a sampling rather than the whole of my utilization of communication techniques, as communication skills are particularly hard to demonstrate “on paper”. I have also attached a documented I created and shared with my colleagues containing Kindergarten Web Sites. To me this artifact represents my most recent goal of more effectively utilizing “new” technologies to communicate content to my students.

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