Comptency Eight

The educational professional uses knowledge of effective verbal, non-verbal and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration and supportive interaction in the classroom.

Effective educators are committed to using democratic values and creating a classroom that promotes equity in a climate of openness, mutual respect, support and inquiry.  They use effective oral, written, and nonverbal communication strategies and technologies to convey ideas, information, and performance expectations. Teachers and other educational professionals understand communication theory, language development and the role of language in learning.  In addition, they are able to understand how cultural and gender differences can affect communication and value the many ways people seek to communicate.  Within the classroom, the teachers encourage many modes of communication – speaking, writing and other forms of expression – and properly use a wide range of instructional tools, electronic media, technology, and applications to create and enrich learning opportunities.  Effective teachers and other professionals model effective communication by being thoughtful and respectful listeners and know how to ask questions and to stimulate discussion in different ways for different purposes.  Effective educational professionals vigorously encourage active student dialogue and interaction to expand students’ communication skills.  They can adapt questioning by using appropriate wait time, providing feedback, and reflecting on children’s responses to make changes in teaching and other educational activities.