Communication Skills: Language, Nonverbal, Listening

Being aware of your personal communication schema can help educators communicate effectively in early childhood field, especially if they can identify when and where it can be effective to use it. In my Head Start school, there are many cultures who share the same communication schema but there also the same amount of people who don’t. I quickly learned as an educator to look for these subtle nuances when communicating to families and I respect them, many of the families that I come in contact with have similar communication schema where talking while others are talking is acceptable. However, in other cultures it is evident that communication is different, this is demonstrated by the way they take turns when speaking, eye contact and other non-verbal communication cues.  Usually changing communication styles to respect, accommodate, and match the families I am communicating with is vital for building realtionships.

Without the Sound- Big Bang Theory:

Image result for big bang theoryI watched the Big Bang Theory without sound and observed the following communication cues. Sheldon looks like he is one of the main character in this television show many of the scenes feature him and all or most of the characters in this episode interact with him. However, it seems as though when they are eating dinner at his house that all his friends role their eyes, and make disagreeable faces with him. In one scene he is talking to another character named Leonard but they seem to be arguing. Many times, the character Leonard is waving his hands, crossing his arms in disagreement as Sheldon continues to communicate with him. Sheldon’s character is hard to read since he shows little emotion and virtually litter non-verbal communication. The scene ends with Sheldon sitting alone and seemingly worried. My impression is that Sheldon has offended Leonard in some way and they have not come to a resolution.

Observing and listening with the sound on:

After listening to the two characters, Sheldon and Leonard, I realize and learn that Sheldon is upset with Leonard who has decided to fix his deviated septum. Sheldon thinks that the surgery is unnecessary since Leonard’s condition is not dire and does not require surgery but Leonard is tired of listening to his nose whistle. Leonard passionate about his decision but is not yelling or arguing with Sheldon and Sheldon is very upset but because his character is a bit socially different from others, he shows little emotion and doesn’t like to associate or have physical contact with many people.  However, Sheldon does have an emotional connection with Leonard despite his social differences.

I have learned that people shouldn’t make assumption based solely on appearance. Listening skills are essential to communicating. My assumptions would have been for informed had I been watching a show I knew well because I already have prior schema and gathered information that would help me communicate in relational and situational contexts. I feel that taking these important skills into the professional world of early childhood would benefit me in communicating effectively with families, students, and colleagues by ensuring that I am objectively listening, improving perceptions, and verbally and non-verbally communicating efficiently.

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