A2 Acquire Skills for Improving Learning
A:A2.2 Demonstrate how effort and persistence positively affect
A:A2.3 Use communications skills to know when and how to ask for
help when needed
A:A2.4 Apply knowledge and learning styles to positively influence
PS:A2 Acquire Interpersonal Skills
PS:A2.6 Use effective communications skills
PS:A2.7 Know that communication involves speaking, listening and
DEFINITION OF COMMUNICATION
Communication can be defined in many ways.
In simple terms communication is:
• Information transmitted
• A verbal or nonverbal message
• A process by which information is exchanged between
individuals through a common system of symbols, signs,
Looking at these photos, what are these people saying or doing without speaking?
Non-Verbal Communication in Sports
Our emotions leak through our facial expressions and bodily gestures
Facial expressions tell us much about what someone is feeling, in particular the
mouth and lips
Eye contact is needed initially to establish interest. Avoidance of eye contact may
indicate disinterest, guilt, or sometimes shyness
People also reveal their attitudes by the way they stand or sit or move various
parts of their bodies. People who lean forward in their seat to speak or listen
indicate more interest in communicating with us than those who remain slouched
in a chair.
Nodding the head helps the flow of conversation as it reinforces the speaker.
There are four basic communication tools:
Of the above, which one are we not taught?
Barriers to Effective Listening
We can think faster than a speaker can talk, and jump to conclusions
We are distracted and allow our minds to wander
We lose patience, and decide we are not interested
We overreact to what's said and respond emotionally
When and Where
Using slang amongst your friends may be okay; however, you must be able
to adjust your communication style in other situations where you can
convey your thoughts in a manner which is appropriate and understandable
for the intended audience
Expand your Vocabulary by challenging yourself to learn new words!
READ A DICTIONARY!!
Delivering the Message
Divide your students into two groups and have them stand on one side of your classroom
• Give the first student in line a memo to read, and tell them to memorize it. Once he or
she has memorized the memo, take the memo away from them.
• Advise the first person to whisper what he read to the second person in line,
• Once the second person feels comfortable in what they heard, they will then tell the third
• Continue this process until the message is shared with all students in that line
At the end, ask the last student what message did he or she receive….compare it to the
The key to this activity is to notice how a message can change once it is
communicated to several people.
EYE CONTACT ACTIVITY
Eye contact is a very important factor in effective communication.
Seek volunteers to come forward and have them recite the
alphabet as they walk around and make eye contact with every
student in the classroom
They must make eye contact with every student while reciting the alphabet. If they go
too fast (before making eye contact with every student) then they must start over at
the beginning of the alphabet.