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Four Communication Activities for Middle School Students
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Are you looking for fun, educational communication activities for your middle school students?
In today’s world, children are spending an increasing amount of time on their electronic devices, and less time communicating with others face to face.
In this article, we will discuss the advantages of having good communication skills (and how to spot communication difficulties in your students), as well as share four activities you can use to improve your middle schooler’s communication skills.
The Advantages of Good Communication Skills for Middle School Students
Improved academic performance
Your students’ academic success is directly tied to their communication skills.
In a classroom setting, students are often called upon to answer questions, or to construct arguments to defend their position.
Students who struggle with communication may not be able to convey their answers effectively, preventing the teacher from accurately assessing their level of knowledge.
Communication challenges may result in lower grades due to a lack of class participation, as well as diminished self-esteem.
Having good communication skills enables students to advocate for themselves, while also developing the skills to effectively articulate their academic needs.
For example, a student who is confident in her ability to ask questions will often be more successful than a peer who remains silent when she is unsure of what is being taught.
In addition, a student who is able to communicate effectively is also more likely to develop strong, healthy relationships with her classmates and friends.
Students with more advanced communication skills have the potential to increase their enjoyment of school activities, while boosting academic performance as a result.
A smoother career path
Employers often remark that students are leaving school without the skills they need to succeed, such as the ability to communicate effectively with others.
While companies are prepared to train employees when it comes to job-specific tasks, training new hires to respectfully express their views and listen to the opinions of others is much more difficult.
Consequently, students who already possess excellent communication skills are highly valued in the professional world.
Employers also value strong collaborative skills, which means that being able to effectively communicate with their colleagues will also help students advance in their career much quicker.
Finally, being able to articulate their needs will also help students complete projects and achieve performance targets more efficiently, resulting in increased job performance.
How Communication Activities Can Boost Communication Confidence
Develop active listening skills through reinforcement
Active listening—fully concentrating on what is being said rather than just passively 'hearing' the message of the speaker—is one of the most important components of communication.
Active listening is not easy to master and often requires repeated reinforcement.
Communication activities that are specifically geared towards developing a student’s active listening skills can help her understand why fully concentrating on what’s being said is important.
These activities can also give teachers (and parents) a chance to offer specific, constructive feedback to their students.
Improve collaboration through group projects
Communication and collaboration go hand-in-hand.
There’s no better way to improve a student’s collaboration skills than by asking them to collaborate with others in a group setting.
While big group projects can be helpful, sprinkling small group project activities into the curriculum can provide more reinforcement opportunities.
The more often a student will successfully articulate their opinion in front of others, the more their communication confidence will increase.
Empathy is a crucial aspect of good communication.
An empathetic listener is able to see someone else’s point of view and create space for mutual understanding.
Communication activities give teachers space to create a culture of empathy in the classroom by praising the students who show care for others' feelings.
Four Communication Activities for Middle School Students
In the article 39 Communication Games and Activities for Kids, Teens, and Students, a variety of activities are described to help students become better communicators. We’ve selected four to help you get started
Divide the students into pairs.
Ask them to sit back-to-back so that they cannot see what the other person is doing.
Ask one of the students to describe a nonsensical drawing or picture that is not easily replicated.
Her partner should make an attempt to recreate the drawing based on this description.
You can also ask the partners to try to fold a piece of paper in the same manner without looking at what the other person is doing.
2. Role playing.
Divide your students into pairs and assign them a role they don’t normally play, such as that of a parent or a teacher.
Present them with a question or situation their characters need to solve together.
Encourage them to think of how their characters would act and communicate in this situation.
What words would they use? What would their body language be?
Hand out a variety of pictures to your students, ranging from simple to complex.
Give each student a time limit and ask them to describe what they see.
This will help them process visual cues, organize the information they get, and practice speaking in front of a classroom.
If you want to help your students practice written communication, you can also do this exercise in writing.
4. Movement sticks.
To help students increase their awareness of body language, divide students into pairs.
Place two poles between the fingers of the pairs and ask them to move across the classroom without dropping the sticks.
Students are not allowed to communicate verbally during the exercise.
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Weaving together engineering, digital arts, robotics, media, academic research, and entrepreneurship, the Shari and Ed Glazer Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Marlborough delivers a superior college preparatory education in an environment imbued with high ethical values.
Here at Marlborough, we don’t just teach girls to keep pace with the changing future.
Instead, we teach them to boldly pursue ideas which set the pace for the future.
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