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Mar 17, 2017

Skills for Learning #2


Communication skills for some children come naturally.

Communication skills for some children come naturally. I’m sure you can recall a child, be it your own, or someone you know, who could effectively communicate from a very young age. There are also children who struggle and fear having to communicate, explain or expand upon their thoughts and opinions. The communication skills that we need to be effective lifelong learners need to be explicitly taught and expanded upon to ensure we are effective in preparing our students for the adventure of learning.

Communication Skills

Listening

Listening to directions; listening to others; listening to information. 

Speaking

Speaking clearly; giving oral reports to small and large groups; expressing ideas clearly and logically; stating opinions.

Reading

Reading a variety of sources for information and pleasure; comprehending what has been read; making inferences and drawing conclusions.

Writing

Recording information and observations; taking notes and paraphrasing; writing summaries; writing reports; keeping a journal or record.

Viewing 

Interpreting and analysing visuals and
multimedia; understanding the ways in which images and language interact to convey ideas, values and beliefs; making informed choices about personal viewing experiences. 

Presenting

Constructing visuals and multimedia for a range of purposes and audiences; communicating information and ideas through a variety of visual media; using appropriate technology for effective presentation and representation. 

Non-verbal communication

Recognising the meaning of visual and kinaesthetic communication; recognising and creating signs; interpreting and utilising symbols.   


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