Friday, September 16, 2016
Cultural Diversity and Communication
Depending on the group of individuals I am associating with at the present moment determines how I communicate with them. When it comes to my family and friends I can be more informal with my communication and I can freely speak how I choose because that is who they expect me to be is myself. When I communicate with colleagues and coworkers at the college I am more formal and professional, there are times when we are talking or discussion is taking place and a bit of informal communication can happen if we are not talking about things that need full on professional behavior.
With my students I am able to mix up the formal and informal communication when need too. As my students are getting familiar with me and I them they are opening up more and communicating more with me which in turn allows me to be more laid back and free with the communication. I have noticed that the African American students are more open and honest in their communication with me then my students who are not African American. I think it is because they feel they can relate to me on a different level and that I am more understanding of their wants and needs as a student because I too am African American. I do have a few students who are Hispanic and struggle with the English language, I do not push them or stress them out, I give them ample time to gather their words and address their concerns and issues with me as best they can. A lot of my Hispanic students prefer communicating over email instead of the phone.
To be a better communicator takes being an effective listener and to put forth the Platinum Rule and treat others as you would like to be treated. I believe if I keep these strategies and continue to be that effective communicator that I believe that I am, I should continue to have the successful relationships I have with my family, friends, coworkers and students who all work in the early childhood field.
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