Principle 6
The teacher uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.

EDEL 350- Spring 2012
My summary of principle 6 has changed since I have furthered my college courses. The teacher must use several credible resources to learn more about verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques. It is important for the teacher to know how and when to use these verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to allow the students to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom. Students and teachers should know the difference between verbal and nonverbal communication and how to look for it. The teacher should understand the differences of communications with different cultures, genders, languages, and communities. The teacher should also explain these differences for students to understand. The teacher should also use a variety of these communication styles, so the students will foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction. Another necessity is for the teacher to make sure he/she uses appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication while talking to the students.

Through EDEL 350, I have been able to use INTASC principle 6. Throughout the semester, I used my knowledge of effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques to foster active interaction in the classroom. I was sure to always use appropriate language while speaking to or around the students. At first it is difficult to remind yourself that students do not talk at the same level as adults. I reminded the students of how communication should work and what should not be said. Instead of just using verbal communication to talk to the students, I also used nonverbal communication. I told the students whenever I wanted their attention, I would use a rhythmic clap for them to repeat. This worked well when it was difficult to get their attention if the noise was too loud. The students would repeat the clap and understand that I was telling them I wanted their attention. Through this, I was able to understand alternative modes of communication.

Throughout EDEL 350, I have grown professionally in relation to the principle. Before I learned this principle, I did not use nonverbal communication techniques with students. I really only used verbal communication. I have learned that students need to know nonverbal communication just as much. I have used several nonverbal techniques to gain the attention of my students. This helps keep supportive interaction in the classroom while also maintaining classroom management. In the future I will remain implementing verbal and nonverbal communication in the classroom. I will also make sure to understand cultural and gender differences in communication styles. This will help me better understand the students and communicate with them.

EDEL 351- Spring 2011
This principle was implemented throughout my EDEL 351 experience. In order to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom I used my knowledge of different types of communication techniques. For example I used videos from appropriate internet sources in some of my lessons. I implemented several forms of verbal and nonverbal communication as well. I read many instructions and information to the students, while I also had nonverbal instances for the students where they were to read directions themselves. These different activities helped the students develop inquiry while collaborating with their classmates.

EDEL 200- Spring 2010
The teacher must be aware of how he/she is acting around and toward the students (body language, posture, facial expressions, and visual aids). It is important the teacher knows the vocabulary ability of the students so they will be able to understand.

I have demonstrated this in Speech and also College Mentors for Kids. In Speech last semester we taped one of our speeches so we could critique ourselves. This made me aware of my verbal and nonverbal positives and negatives. In College Mentors for Kids I am constantly having to be aware of the language I am using. I have noticed that there are several words and phrases the students do not understand yet. I also noticed that the students pick up on many nonverbal actions that we use often.

EDEL 100- Fall 2009
The teacher must have the knowledge and understanding of different ways to present communication to the students (media, nonverbal, verbal). She must also make sure that she uses these different techniques to allow interaction and experience for the students.

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