As a educator, how do you make sure to effectively communicate to each student?
I know all students learn differently, especially students with special needs. For future reference I am curious as to how does one make sure that you communicate effectively with each student, so that they all learn and understand. #special-education #being-an-elementary-teacher #elementary-education #education
That is such a good question because it is maybe one of the biggest challenges and obstacles facing teachers: How to effectively communicate with each student. During my time as a high school teacher, it was clear to me that all 175+ of my students were unique and individual learners. Some students respond more to visuals, others to text. Some students really needed me to talk a lot while others did much better without me talking to them. In short, there is no 1 magical solution that is going to reach 100% of your students effectively each time. I think it is important for teachers to be willing to adapt and adjust instructional techniques throughout the week / unit / school year to give their students more opportunity to connect with the class. Students should have the chance to get hands on experience with a project, students should get the chance to read and write, students should get the chance to produce creative work, etc. etc. etc.
What was most important to me is that my students knew that as their teacher, I always had their best interest in mind. Personally, I felt that demanding all of my students to adapt to a single method of instruction was not in everyone's best interest. It's a balance of making sure your students have access to the content, an opportunity to develop the needed skills to advance as learners, and the chance to learn through new and exciting mediums.
Though it can be extremely difficult in classroom of 35+ students, I always made sure to check in with every single student every single class period. That personal check in may have only have been 8-10 seconds, but allowed me to communicate to each student, to show them that every single student had a significance in my classroom, and it allowed me to get a quick sense on how that student was responding to my class that particular day.
As I mentioned earlier, your question is so good because it is such a challenging solution; and one that was constantly on my mind as a teacher. Ultimately as a teacher, if you are leaving the day feeling that every one of your students at least had an authentic opportunity to learn that day, you are at least off to a positive start in finding that answer to your question.
Thanks again for your question!
Essentially, treat them like human beings. Your students are people too and communicating effectively with them, essentially means communicating with them. Be genuine, compassionate, caring, and show them you care about them as a person and beyond the classroom. Your students need to know that you have a genuine compassion for their feelings and that you care about what they have to say. This starts with building relationships with your students, allowing them to get to know you, and showing a genuine interest in getting to know them.