Visual and Verbal Communication

Visual and Verbal Communication with Students

How the teacher and their students communicate is important in order to ensure the quality of learning.  Whether the exchange is visual or verbal, both are effective ways of not only teaching the material, but also monitoring the progress of students.  Visual and verbal communication within the classroom; whether between teachers and students, or students and students  is one of the most important aspects of the school setting.

Visual Communication Forms 

Visual communication with students, especially those of a younger age, provides firm support for concepts and ideas.  Transforming visual representations of information into mental images provides students with an at-hand reference of the learned material.   Teachers use physical display of communication in classrooms of all ages. These include: chalkboards, dry erase boards, bulletin boards, overhead projectors, and newer technology such as Smart Boards

Visual Learning in Elementary Schools

Students visually demonstrate what they are learning and how they are applying newly learned information.  It is also necessary with younger children to provide them with a concrete representation of the ‘how’s’ and ‘why’s’ of simple processes.  By using a chalkboard or dry erase board, the teacher transfers this information to students. Smart Boards in the elementary classroom provide a captivating, intriguing way of learning and rightfully so with the increase in demand in schools.

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Interaction in Visual Learning for Older Students

Within older grades, information is given in greater amounts and in quicker intervals.  Using resources such as a Smart Board or overhead projector, large quantities of information can be taught in effective, yet physical processes.  Overhead worksheets can be displayed for the teacher to complete with students in interactive sessions.

 

Effective Teaching, Affective Learning

Teachers must be capable of relaying information in a way that allows students to understand and apply what is being taught.  Teachers should model the communication models she or he expects within the classroom. Verbal conversation and interaction in the classroom allows students to express personal ideas and opinions on different subjects.  Classroom discussions, in addition,  allow teachers to monitor and test what students have learned.  

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Teachers must also express positive and negative feedback through verbal cues.  Whether it is a form of discipline to redirect a child, or a form of praise, verbal representation is a distinct way to either support or stop a behavior.  Vocal praise can encourage a child to continue or begin doing well. Visual and verbal communication within the classroom has many advantages for the success of children.


Written by Amanda Ahlstrom

Edited by Mykhail Balabin

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