Show Notes

We navigate our world through communication.  Our lives are largely impacted by our ability to effectively communicate with others both locally and globally. With advancements in technology, we find ourselves redefining and refining what it means to effectively communicate. With a heavy emphasis on communication world-wide, effective communication skills are even more important for our students to develop now than ever before.

Today, Sara Hutchinson and I are going to conclude our four-part miniseries on 21st-century skills by taking a close look at communication and how educators can help to develop effective communication skills in the classroom.

What to Listen for:

  • What is communication and why is it an important skill for students to develop?
  • Why is modeling good communication valuable for young children?
  • What are some of the skills that are embedded into the effective communication framework developed by the University of Cambridge?
  • How can helping our students to develop their communication skills also work to strengthen other skills, such as executive functioning?
  • How can educators use higher-order questions to develop their students’ communication skills?
  • In what ways can a rubric support students’ development of communication skills?
  • How is writing related to the development of communication skills?
  • How do the 4 C’s of 21st century skills work together seamlessly?

My hope is that this episode conveys the importance and ease of working to develop communication skills with students. Communication skills are so important not only for future career paths, but they are skills that our students need in order to build relationships, access information at a deeper level and to navigate the world around them.


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