INTASC Standard #6

Communication Skills

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

[Headings for INTASC standards are taken from - Campbell, D.M. et al.  (1997).  How to develop a professional portfolio:  A manual for teachers.  Boston: Allyn and Bacon.]

Communication is one of the foundations on which teaching is built. Not matter how much knowledge and musical insight I may possess, it is useless to anyone besides myself if I cannot communicate. Therefore, a knowledge of all forms of communication is important. I need to be able to communicate verbally - my actual speech to the students must be coherent and understandable, as well as be presented in a format that is easily understood by my students. Also, nonverbal communication is vital. Examples of nonverbal communication are nodding, hand gestures, body posture, and facial expressions, all of which have the potential to communicate more than intended. That is why I must be aware of my nonverbal communication. Finally, I must understand an be able to effectively use media - technology - in my classroom. There are two reasons for this: first, all students learn differently and some learn best through different media; secondly, there are some things that are just better to teach through technology. A very basic example would be a CD player; songs could be played for my students on a CD player. Incorporating technology into my teaching will also help the students to become more comfortable with using technology themselves.

All of these aspects of communication must be strong in order to have an ideal learning environment. If I use effective speaking and nonverbal signs that make the students feel comfortable, then they will be more likely to ask questions. Also, if, while teaching, I conduct myself with a good posture and nonverbally (as well as verbally) show that I am interested in the material, then the students will be more likely to be interested in the material too. Utilization of different kinds of media can facilitate interactive learning as well as group learning. However, these can also be done without media, but by me effectively organizing the students into groups for them to learn. The synthesis of all these ideas, as well as many more mentioned throughout this portfolio, will help my students understand and learn music to the best of their abilities.

Microteaching #1: Tideo (October 21, 2004)

Conducting Experience from MusPe 390 (April 26, 2007)

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