Creating a Classroom Culture of Communication

August 19, 2013

Classrooms are abound with discussion, some of it productive, some of it chatter. Genuine communication is sometimes in short supply.

How does one set up a successful communicative environment? We here at PassTheNotes realize that there are many factors that create any successful learning environment, and at the top of our list is productive communication. By creating a “Culture of Communication”- in an educational environment, learners and instructors are encouraged to think strategically and to share their ideas openly.

By using the communication tools within the PassTheNotes platform educators, learners, and stakeholders can:

1. Specify and Determine goals: Districts, school site administrators, and instructors are able to design individual goals and set progress monitoring with learners using a medium that is “second nature” to the 21st Century student. Chat, email, and discussion posts establish a line of communication for students to be openly active with the conversation between other learners, instructors, parents and other stakeholders in their educational progress.

2. Ensure validity and clarity. When a student struggles with a particular concept or there is a particular goal to set, an instructor can step in efficiently and effectively in a safe and secure environment to clarify meaning or the objective. The PassTheNotes communication tools create a process designed to make sure everyone involved gets the right message. Student responses and instructor feedback are tracked and logged. This capability gives validity when establishing student goals and predicting outcomes.

3. Change Negative Perceptions. Effective communication can change the sometimes negative view of discussion and social media in the classroom. Individualized learning that is designed with the end user in mind helps school districts and instructors create environments that are conducive to success. Instructors have the ability to use communication tools to devise rewards that encourage behaviors that are consistent with learning. Notifications alert students about their progress in a closed environment and students have the ability to communicate in yet another medium that they are comfortable with.

Once a classroom environment is created where goals and rules are clearly understood by all, a “Classroom Culture of Communication” can begin to take root. The ground rules are set and students can now be encouraged to continually question, challenge, rethink, and refine the goals set for them.