Some of us are born to communicate. We journal, we chat, we choose the right words; some do not. If you fall into the later category and you want to get your first year off to a smooth start, you may need to brush up on your communication skills. Over the year you will communicate with your students, colleagues, parents, and administrators. Documenting your communications is an important part of the process.
Provide opportunities for both one-way and two-way communications
Keep a record of all communications, verbal, electronic, and written. At the very least each record should contain the following information:
- The name of the person you are communicating with
- The main purpose of the communication
- The date of the communication
- Any replies or follow-up communications