The students visited with a communications expert, Marie Asaoka, to inquire into non-verbal communication as well as culture and communication. Our communication expert works with customer service for Japan Airlines. She coaches employees on how to use their non-verbal communication to show respect and welcome others.
The students made connections to their interactions with others and reflected on how they can use eye contact to show others that they are listening and care about what they are saying.
Marie-san taught us about about bowing. We learned that their are three different types of bowing and had a chance to practice them. She also taught us how to hold our hands, when we bow.
We also made the connection that we can use what we learned about bowing and eye contact when we meet with the seniors to show that even though speaking is often difficult, we can show respect and show that we care by bowing appropriately and by “speaking with our eyes”. We decided to practice this before we visited the seniors. When we first arrived at the senior home and saw some of the seniors, we made sure that we greeted them first and then bowed.
I thought it was interesting how to say, “Hello” with our eyes.
I wonder…does eye contact connect to something else?
During our visit with Marie-san, the children were asked to use their non-verbal communication skills to organize themselves by their birthdates. Some children automatically took the lead by using hand signals and facial gestures to communicate the the month and day of their birthday. The others followed. During the experience, the children modelled good eye contact, cooperation, respect and perseverance. In the end, the they recognized how important it is to use and understand a variety of non-verbal skills.
We decided to reflect on our learning and how we might use nonverbal communication to help us communicate with others.
To reflect we thought about the following questions and used the I USED TO THINK/NOW I THINK Making Thinking Visible routine. What did you used to think about nonverbal communication such as: eye contact and bowing, and hand signals before we went to the ICJC? What do you think about these now that we learned more about nonverbal communication?