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Communication Coaching. The skills required to maximise a teacher’s presence in the classroom. Why look at this area of our teaching?. There are a large number of teachers who plan ‘outstanding’ lessons, but only deliver them at a ‘Good’ or even ‘Satisfactory’ standard

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Communication Coaching

The skills required to maximise a teacher’s presence in the classroom

Why look at this area of our teaching?

  • There are a large number of teachers who plan ‘outstanding’ lessons, but only deliver them at a ‘Good’ or even ‘Satisfactory’ standard

  • Improved teaching presence improves classroom behaviour and the understanding of what is being taught for the pupil

  • It is probably the most over-looked tool in teaching, yet Social Scientists have demonstrated that unspoken communication, or non-verbal communication, accounts for a large percentage of our total interaction with others, possibly as much as 95%. Therefore by adopting a more confident and positive approach, you are likely to get a much more successful outcome.

Common mistakes in communication from teachers failing to make ‘Outstanding’

  • Not being aware of your own facial expressions and body language (they don’t relate these with what they are actually saying)

  • Not learning students names quickly enough - doing this will and does have positive impact on teacher/student communication (particularly SEN students)

  • Not looking for signs that students may have misunderstood you

  • Teacher remains stuck behind a desk, to a chair or to their whiteboard

  • Teacher does not control the pace of the lesson

  • Teacher is doing too much work in the lesson by talking, overloading and avoiding any form of silence

Non-verbal communication

Try and list as many forms of non-verbal communication as you can:

  • Smiling

  • Laughter

  • Head Nods/Shrug

  • Eye- contact/movement

  • Frowns

  • Hand gestures

  • Facial expressions

  • Movement/position within a room

  • Physical Contact

  • Body Posture/Stance

The 6 recognised areas for effective communication

  • Be Clear: Information is presented clearly

  • Be Concise: Avoid being long-winded and make points succint

  • Be Correct: Ensure the information you are giving is correct

  • Be Complete: Give all the required information and not just part of it

  • Be Courteous: Be polite and non-threatening, avoid conflict

  • Be Constructive: Avoid negativity and look for positives

A focus on your own presentation style…

  • Please grade yourself from 1 - 3 (1 Good, 2 Average, 3 Weak) for the following areas of presentation:

    Articulation of speech

    Volume of voice

    Pace of speech

    Energy in your voice (Variety)

    Confidence in the classroom

    Use of Pause

    Movement around the classroom

A Practical Task…

  • Write one example of a learning outcome for a lesson in your subject:

  • By the end of the lesson today I would like everyone to have produced a 3 minute Drama performance which shows your understanding of Dramatic tension and silence.

A Fairy Godmother

Spread eye-contact around the room

Voice becomes more gentle and ranged

Opens up your body

A Circus Ringleader



(in control)

Voice is projected and varied in tone

Using that Learning Outcome…

In conclusion

What we can do to ensure quality communication in our lessons:

  • Ensure there is positive feedback given at some point in every lesson

  • Give everybody in the lesson equal attention- avoid focusing purely on misbehaviour

  • Communicate as appropriate to the learning levels of the pupils you are dealing with

  • Ensure that you not only talk to the pupils but listen to them as well

  • Next time you plan a lesson, spend a few minutes considering how you will say things, where you will position yourself within a room and how reflect on how you usually do these things

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