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Interpersonal Skills of Classroom Teachers

Good Communication 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 feedback. 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 listener, and be focused. An ideal listener will show attentiveness when listening, provide feedback in the form of non-verbal gestures such as facial or hand expressions, or l...

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