Children's Communication Resources for the IB Learner Profile
Explore resources to promote children’s communication, including listening, selecting appropriate language, asking questions and collaborating. Explore picture books, videos and resources to teach effective communication in your classroom as well as communication questions.
Communication Resources for the IB Learner Profile
Good communicators “understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.” IBO
Effective communication involves listening to others, forming and sharing opinions, selecting appropriate language, asking questions and collaborating.
Communication is a two way-process of receiving and expressing information involving speaking, listening and writing. This IB learner profile trait is not just about getting your thoughts, ideas and opinions over to others, it is how you go about it. Communication with kindness and sensitivity promotes what you are saying is important. Non-verbal communication, what you don’t say, is just as important as what you do say.
Characteristics of effective communicators
The characteristics, which will exhibit in different ways depending on their age, include:
- honesty rather than gossiping, teasing, bragging, inattentiveness.
- listening attentively to others and responding appropriately.
- asking good questions and listening to the response.
- noticing others non-verbal communication.
- keeping communication organised, concise and meaningful.
Key benefits of being an effective communicator
There are many great reasons for supporting your students in becoming effective communicators, including:
- becoming effective listeners and collaborators.
- avoiding misunderstandings and resolving problems.
- building trust and healthy relationships.
- providing clarity.
- increasing problem-solving skills.
- increasing self-esteem and reducing behavioural issues
- increasing understanding of expression through non-verbal communication.
Reasons for communicating may include:
- expressing ideas and emotions
- persuading others
- getting things we need
- seeking and providing information
- building and maintaining relationships
In a previous post, The Best Communication Books for the IB Learner Profile, I have put together a list of picture books you can use to promote effective communication in your classroom.
You will find a list of books, short videos, online resources and communication questions to support your students in becoming effective communicators.
Children's Communication Picture Books
This collection of the best communication books highlight different communication methods in positive and effective ways and in different scenarios. You will find characters:
- using different communication methods, including speaking, listening and writing
- getting their ideas across to others in effective ways
- listening attentively to responses and responding appropriately
- being an effective listener, communicator, and collaborator.
There are also characters who negatively communicate including gossiping, teasing, bragging and using aggressive tone of voice. These examples are great discussion starters.
After the list, there is a list of communication questions to use during a read-aloud session.
Children's Communication Questions
- What does it mean to be an effective communicator?
- What are different ways to communicate?
- Describe how [character] was an effective communicator?
- Why is being a good listener important to being a good communicator?
- How did being an effective communicator make [character’s] situation better?
- What were the consequences of [character’s] poor communication skills?
- Why was it important for [character] to consider other perspectives?
- In what ways could [character] be a more effective communicator?
- What strategies could [character] try to better communicate?
- What good strategies does [character] use to be an effective communicator?
Communication Resources Online
- Healthy Children: Components of Good Communication
- Healthy Families Beyond Blue: Developing Communication Skills
- Kids Help Line: Communication Tips
- Livestrong: How to Communicate with Children
- Raising Children: Communicating Well with Children – Tips
- Scholastic: Vocabulary Development
- TIME: 7 Powerful Tips for Great Parent-Child Communication
- Unicef: Communicating with Children
- The Children’s University of Manchester: Literacy information and word games
- Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment: Better Words Classroom Activity
- Greeting Card Association: Primary School Activity Pack
- Northern Ireland Curriculum: Foundation Stage Writing
- Northern Ireland Curriculum: Getting Along with Others
- Scholastic: A Dozen Ways to Use Speech and Thought Bubbles in Your Classroom
- Virtual Lab School: Communication: School-Age Children
Communication Discussion Starters: Videos
These short videos can be used as discussion starters for the IB learner profile trait of communicator. Watch the videos before playing them to your students to make sure they are appropriate. Some of them are simple while others are more complex or abstract.
You can use the communication questions above with some of these videos.
If you have any resources to share, including any additional communication questions please add them to the comments below.
Remember to check out The Best Communication Books for the IB Learner Profile for more book ideas.
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