Studies show that students who can effectively use different types of communication skills are able to express their knowledge in a way that turns passive learning into critical thinking.
Classroom communication is the interactive language and responses between students and teachers. The importance of these skills cannot be down-played, and must be emphasized even at the primary levels.
Language and literacy outcomes for effective communication skills can also help teachers narrow down specific learning issues that must be addressed. As well, when educators target specific ways for stuents to interact and share their learning, achievement will increase.
If it is found that the root of a problem lies in using effective communication skills, then teachers should look at a Classroom Performance Assessment matrix (CPA) to determine the area of difficulty.
This is similar in nature to using an assessment rubric.
Instead of saying, "My students are struggling with reading comprehension," a teacher can say, "My class is having difficulty with reading comprehension skills in the area of vocabulary. I need to get baseline data then provide interventions that address improving working vocabulary on both Tier 2 and 3."
This example is targeting the need for skills which are necessary for school and social success. For many students, targeting the specific area of intervention is necessary so gains can be measured and growth can occur.
When we define communication, we are referring to how our students can express their thoughts verbally and non-verbally. Our students must do this well early on as it influences their social interactions from the moment they step foot in our rooms and especially the playground.
What types of communication skill activities should we include in our lessons?
Literacy is not just about reading:
Each of these literacy domains have specific implications for effective communication skills in the classroom.
Each link will take you to the skills a student needs to have as well as what teachers should be integrating into lesson plans, which is necessary for targeting areas of deficiency under RTI.