We can offer a completely different kind of training that is unique, gets results and gets people out of the classroom and into the open. People get the opportunity to work in a team setting and practicing the impact of their non-verbal communication skills, essential whilst maintaining a positive productive classroom.
One of the main characteristics of good teachers is good communication skill in the classroom and one of the most observed stress in the classroom arises from the lack of proper communication. According to research conducted by Rahmanzae (2013) the classroom administration and constructive conflict resolution in the classroom requires good communication skills, the most important of which is non-verbal skills. By using this skill, teachers can play a major role in the success of their students. Through the use of non-verbal language, teachers draw the student’s attention to more understanding and motivate the students and even bring excitement to the bored students. Students unconsciously receive non-verbal signals sent from the teacher; they immediately notice that the one standing before them is teaching by all his/her will or is constantly waiting for the class to end.
Working with horses is a fantastic opportunity to practice non-verbal communication skills as that is how we communicate with them. Horses are constantly reading our body language to work out our intentions and if we are not clear in what we are asking they will not respond, very much like students.
During equine assisted learning sessions, people can reflect on the impact their body language has from the way they stand, move, use of hands, facial expressions and how their thought process can impact on the message they are trying to deliver. Conscious use of non-verbal language is not a show, but rather it makes the effects of individual words better; the more natural the non-verbal language is, the more acceptable it is to the audience. Teachers who use non-verbal language properly have a better relationship with their students. (Bambaeerii and Shokrpour, 2017).
We can tailor a programme to suit your needs, whether that be for an afternoon session or a a day's training. To find out more please contact us.
Najafi T, Rahmanzade A. The relationship between communication skills and educational effectiveness of teachers of girls in Valiasr Technical College in Tehran. Journal of media studies. 2013;8(4): 193–206.Persian.
The impact of the teachers’ non-verbal communication on success in teaching. FATEMEH BAMBAEEROO1 and NASRIN SHOKRPOUR, April 2017 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5346168/#ref4