Relationships: Enquiry

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What features of a teacher’s body language and paralanguage are most effective in developing a positive dynamic relationship with children and inspiring learning?

Enquiry question

We invite classroom teachers, curriculum leaders, parents and other interested persons to give us feedback on our new life-based learning themes.

The Relationships learning domain [outlined in the proposed MAC learning programme] identifies four study action areas to develop the skills required for positive and mutually beneficial relationships.

  1. What children need to know about relationships
  2. Non-verbal relationship skills
  3. Verbal relationship skills
  4. Interaction skills and competencies

A unique feature of MAC is teaching children the role of paralanguage and body language in relationships to help them learn that interaction with others is much more than the words spoken. In addition, children learn that words themselves are vitally important for harmony between people and across racial, ethnic, religious and gender divides. MAC teaches children that relationships require shared social competencies such as cooperation, empathy, adaptability and responsibility.

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Your views will help us develop life-based learning.