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Effective Education Requires Effective Teamwork

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        Effective Teamwork Requires Effective                                                         Communication 

The Big Picture: How All These Things are Connected

To educate children well takes parents, families, schools, and communities. Your interaction with members of any of these groups involves teamwork. You are part of a team, even when the team is just you and a single teacher. Often, though, the team will include several educators or several educators and a child’s parents. Your work on such teams supports instruction. 

The core of teamwork is “communication.” Communication is talk (or writing). But not all talk (or writing) is effective. 

Effectivecommunication accomplishes work in ways that produce desired results and build the capacity for future teamwork. That is, an effective communication makes it more likely that the next opportunity for team communication will also be effective. This is how effective communication builds an effective team. 

Families, Children, Administrators, and teachers. You need to Be Objective, Listen Carefully, Listen more than talk, and think before speaking

Through the description of The Transaction Model of communication Barnlund (2017) originally  describes communication as a dynamic process in which communicators don’t just interact back and forth.  While they communicate they also: 

  • Create relationships. 
  • Form intercultural alliances. 
  • Shape self-concept. 
  • Engage with others in dialogue to create communities that work and solve problems together 

This kind of communication helps to construct your reality of the situation your are working or living in. See the image below that depicts the processes that transpire through effective communication.   Within it you will see the two individuals make sense or code the information coming into the conversation and work together through dialogue to understand the contexts related to the situation they are discussing and, in the end, come to a co-created understanding of the situation so that they come work together to design solutions and celebrate successes.  

Essential components of effective communication: 

  1. Someone is talks, someone is listens and together they co-create meaning based on the situation. 
  1. They use their awareness of the social, cultural, relational, and physical situation to support their conversation and when they do, effective collaboration and effective education can happen!

Barnlund, D. C. (2017). A transactional model of communication. Communication theory: Second edition (pp. 47-57) 

Module: Communication and Collaboration

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