Talking in Class Creates Better Communicators
- August 2, 2017
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Innovation in the Classroom
Learning to effectively speak and communicate is one of the most fundamental things children need to master. From an early age children want to be heard, doing what they must to get noticed and have a voice. At Yorktown, we are student centered and encourage the kids to have a voice, helping them to refine their communication skills early on. This gives them a huge advantage in performing well academically and socially. Knowing the value of expressing their feelings and opinions also serves them well throughout life as contributing members of society,
When given talking points or talking guidelines in the classroom, students come up with plenty to say. Talking in class (tied to misbehavior in the past) can be leveraged and helps students discover a new way of seeing things. It’s a simple fact. Learning is supported by talk because talk inspires thinking.
Creating guidelines for discussion retains a focus on the subject matter, no matter what class it is. A guide, for instance, might be what makes a really good discussion versus one that is not so good or unproductive.
A discussion or talking point guideline usually includes parameters to follow such as respecting one another’s ideas, whether similar or different. Also encouraging students to stay mentally flexible and open to changing their mind is a healthy point. By learning to listen, assess and challenge, children learn to build on one another’s ideas and value the significance of coming to a shared agreement.
Although, reaching a shared agreement in a discussion is not always going to happen among students, it is a positive goal to set. By listening to each other, expressing ideas and understanding different sides of the conversation, students realize that it is okay to change their mind, disagree or agree and move on from there.
In general, discussion groups and talking exercises help to build a student’s confidence around speaking, whether in class, at home or in a public setting. Being orally proficient is a big plus anywhere and gives students the incentive to express themselves more diligently when they have an idea, thought or opinion to share.