30 Days of Homeschool – Day 17: Effective Communication

*(reminder: 1 – this is just 1 of my 30 posts about free resources for homeschool)

Earlier this morning, I read this article, about effective communication in business, on Inc. and thought it fits perfectly with schooling at home – some great words to heed.

Here’s the link to the article (which will open in a new tab) on Inc.:
http://www.inc.com/young-entrepreneur-council/14-best-practices-for-more-effective-communication.html

These aren’t to take the place of parenting, but rather to encourage you to keep up and reinforce your role as teacher. Being the parent, the teacher, the administrator, the supervisor, the teacher’s assistant, the shopper, the toothbrusher, diaper changer, provider, etc., each parent can get out of their groove and into a rut, seeing each week as a long 168-hour day.

Each day is new, and if we lose sight of our goals, and what makes for good relations to our family, and what makes for good instructors, then we become crabby and grumpy (Mr. Crabby and Mrs. Grumpy?). It can be very hard to separate a child’s intellectual ability to do math from his lack of moral character displayed minutes before when he hit his sister, and her lack when she bit him!

You’ll also lose sight of your school’s individuality; your school, is, after all, your family. You are different from any other school, so maybe this can help realign and refresh your school and family.

Here are the bullet points (without editing), though you should read the article to get the full impact.

1. Be relatable.

2. Emphasize your key points through repetition.

3. Keep a good sense of humor.

4. Actively listen.

5. Respond in a timely manner.

6. Remember that you’re always “on.”

7. Analogies are key.

8. Adapt readily to any situation.

9. Be present.

10. Find your own voice.

11. Write everything down.

12. Put your audience at ease.

13. Customize your communication style for each employee.

14. Ask before you speak.

Happy Homeschooling!

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