Interpersonal Skills of Classroom Teachers

             According to Joseph De Vito (1994) interpersonal communication is
             where you interact with others, learn about the and about yourself and
             reveal yourself to others. It is through interpersonal communication that
             you establish, maintain (and sometimes destroy) your personal relationship
             with other people (p.5). Communications refers to the act, by one or more
             persons, of sending and receiving messages that can be distorted by noise,
             occur within a context, have some effect and provide some opportunity for
             The communication context is useful for teachers to consider because
             it relates to the environment that the communication may take place in; the
             cultural context of the communication (in this case the school rules); the
             social-psychological context, which is the relationship between teacher and
             student; and the temporal or time context, (the time of day) the
             communication may take place. These can all affect both the way a message
             is delivered and received, and therefore can have differing feedbacks
             according to variables in the context.
             The ideal model of communication can be seen as a circular structure.
             The communicator wants to express a message, whether it be verbally or non-
             verbally, to a receiver, who receives the message, and then provides
             feedback or a response to the message. Bearing in mind that messages can
             often be of a non-verbal type, even when having a discussion, care has to
             be taken that the response is not missed if it is not of a verbal kind.
             An ideal communicator in a face to face, or face to group situation
             will be clear, and concise in speech, be loud enough to hear by all
             recipients, use language and terminology that is understood easily by the
             An ideal listener will show attentiveness when listening, provide
             feedback in the form of non-verbal gestures such as facial or hand
             expressions, or low murmurs of agreement (or not) ...

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