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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

Communication Coaching

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

why look at this area of our teaching
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
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
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
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
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
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.
using that learning outcome
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
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