Connector March 2024

CONNECTOR.AE 44 CONNECTOR.AE 45 Kids And Education Kids And Education Decoding The Importance Of Learning Communication Skills In Schools Regardless of academic excellence or achievements in extracurricular activities, lacking good communication skills poses challenges in the real world. Effective communication is essential for expressing oneself appropriately, succeeding in interviews, and fitting into social circles. It enables individuals to express their opinions effectively. The best place to learn and develop your communication skills is in school and here’s why it is important to do so. Helps Boost Confidence And Self-Expression When students have strong communication skills, they feel more self-assured when expressing their thoughts and ideas. They tend to participate more actively in class discussions, sharing their viewpoints confidently. This confidence carries over outside the classroom, improving their ability to express themselves effectively, verbally and in writing. With good communication skills, they can articulate their opinions clearly across different platforms. It also enhances their performance in interviews and assists them in selecting a suitable career path. Commenting on the importance of Communication skills play a crucial role in social and emotional development. Students who communicate well can build strong relationships with peers and teachers, leading to higher self-esteem. This development extends beyond classrooms, aiding in understanding college mates and co-workers and handling situations empathetically. Additionally, good communication skills allows people to tackle difficult life situations using emotional intelligence. It Gets Easy To Network Learning effective communication in school teaches an individual how to establish connections and networks that are beneficial in the long term. Those with strong communication skills not only create valuable work networks for their careers but also understand how to maintain and utilise these networks when needed. Good communication skills also enable you to gain the trust of others you meet and develop connections and networks with them over time. Highlighting the importance of this, Andrew Stenhouse, Assistant Head of Primary, Key Stage Two Leader, The English College Dubai, adds, “In my extensive experience as an educator, I’ve consistently witnessed the profound impact of strong communication skills on students’ academic achievements and personal growth. Communication serves as the backbone of every aspect of educational life, fostering a vibrant community within the school. Effective communication not only facilitates the transmission of knowledge but also cultivates an environment where students feel empowered to ask insightful questions and forge meaningful connections with communication skills and how they help with self-confidence, Rachel Smith, Phase Leader, Bloom World Academy, says, “In my experience as an educator, strong communication is an invaluable skill for students. On a personal level, students with strong communication skills often show greater self-confidence and resilience. The consistent use of communication skills fosters empathy, inclusivity and openmindedness as students learn to listen and respect others’ perspectives, which is invaluable in their personal lives and future workplaces. In terms of academic performance, strong communication abilities enhance student engagement, foster effective group work, and facilitate a deeper understanding of enquiries.” Talking about how strong communication skills help in classrooms, Rachel Smith, Phase Leader, Bloom World Academy, adds, “Students who can clearly articulate their thoughts are more likely to actively participate in class, enabling them to better comprehend and retain the information being taught. In group projects, effective communication between team members can lead to improved collaboration and more successful outcomes. I believe investing in the development of strong communication skills not only prepares students for the future but also equips them with the tools to thrive in a globalised society. Helps With Social And Emotional Development