Improving Communication Between You and Your Students


Classroom Tips
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Imagine a classroom where you and your students can express yourselves freely – no risk of being judged or humiliated. Feels good right?

Communication is one of the fundamental parts of learning and the key to establishing good relationships. Students’ motivation can be highly affected depending on how great or poor their teacher’s communication skill is, and these results can be seen by the way they discuss their thoughts and ideas in the classroom.

Being a relief teacher your relationship with your students is a two-way very short road. Help them feel they belong and make sure you leave a good impression by improving your communication skills.

Here’s what we believe are the most important things to do for achieving this…..

Listen and clarify

The classroom is the second home of your students. Make them feel at home and loved by listening. If you don’t understand something in what they say, ask for clarification. This will help show them your willingness to understand them.

Think before you speak

Make this a habit and it will allow you to avoid embarrassment and hurting your students’ feelings.

Be mindful of your tone

This is the most neglected part of communication. You might be saying words of love and compassion but it may translate differently in one’s ears depending on your tone. Especially when you are talking to a sensitive student.

Feedback should be brief, specific and clear

Whether your feedback is positive or not, make sure you are not saying too much where your students might get lost. Be specific, brief and clear enough for the student to understand what you are trying to say.

Treat everyone equally

Having a favourite isn’t avoidable and isn’t wrong, but please keep it to your heart and never spell it out. What’s wrong is when you forget what other students will feel when rules are bent for one/minority or vice versa, when only one/minority is being disciplined when it should be the whole class.

Body language

Be sure to look approachable – no scowling, crossed arms or hands on the waist! Maintain eye contact and angle your body towards the person you are talking with. Small nods will also make them know you are paying attention.

Maintain a positive attitude and smile

Positive attracts positive – exude more of it and surely your students will positively respond to you. Don’t forget to smile to add shine to your students’ day!


Effective communication is a transferable skill that you need to be able to effectively interact with students. Follow the tips above and enjoy the rewards of effectively communicating with your students!

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