|Communication In The Classroom with Mrs. Labrasciano|
Every teacher knows the feeling of standing in front of a class, delivering a lesson and then quickly coming to the understanding that most of the class has no idea what they said. We go through the lesson in our heads and sometimes we may wonder, WHAT WENT WRONG?????? Often times it's not just one aspect of the delivery that went asunder, but instead a lot of factors that play into communication within a classroom.
Over 400 languages are spoken in the school system of The United States. That's a lot for any teacher to keep up with. Couple these languages with different learning styles and learning disabilities and we have a big task at hand. Thankfully for us, visual communication is universal. Below you will find suggestions for communicating within the class that will benefit all students and ensure student comprehension.
|Personal Anchor Charts|
Below you will find an anchor chart that stays up in the classroom for communicating expectations of writing conventions. Writing can be difficult for all students. It is exceptionally difficult for students acquiring the language or with learning disabilities. Students have a big task at hand. They have to understand sentence structure, conventions and vocabulary meaning. Pictures, color cues and highlighting are used to draw attention to important aspects of writing in the anchor chart below.
You may notice in the picture below and throughout this post that students are given a lot of personal resources to communicate learning objectives. This decision to give them personal resources allows them to focus on the task at hand. It lessens the information coming from other sources helping to keep the objective clear to the students. It also helps to keep the learning environment free of clutter so that the students feel at ease. Feeling safe, secure and at ease helps the students to focus on learning.
|Personal Writing Offices|
Tackling all aspects of communication within one post would be next to impossible. I hope that I have given you some tips that you can take back to your classroom. Please leave any questions that you have in the comment field. If you would like to read more about how students communicate with one another in my classroom you can read my post on Classroom Discussion over on my collaborative blog The Primary Pack.