Thinking about How We Communicate Messages Without Speaking

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.

We also made the connection that we can use what we learned about bowing and eye contact when we meet with the seniors during our Service Learning visits to the retirement home. Even though communicating by speaking is often difficult, we can show respect and show that we care by bowing appropriately and by making eye contact( speaking with our eyes).

We have also been practicing using our eye contact in the mornings when we greet each other.  Our morning meetings are even more lovely, now!

The children were also 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 modeled good eye contact, cooperation, respect and perseverance. In the end, the children realized how important it is to understand a variety of non-verbal skills.

We asked students to reflect on their learning and how they might use this to help them communicate with others. We asked them “Think about how you use non-verbal communication.” Here are some of their ideas:

I used to think…. Now I think…..
I didn’t know a lot about Japanese. I know how to bow and how to say some words.
That eye contact is not so important. Eye contact is very helpful. We can send a message with our eyes and we can make people feel good when we look at their eyes if we say “hello” or “I’m sorry”.
In Japan not everyone says “good morning”. Now I know you say” good morning” to show respect and you say lots of other things too.  You say “Let’s eat together”, and “Thank you for the food” and “I’m home from school!”
If I don’t speak Japanese then I cannot speak to the Seniors. I can speak with my eyes!


Please see the photo albums below for other highlights from our week:

Working with Number

2M working with numbers

Learning How to Use Google Slides

2M learning how to use google slide

Visiting the Grade 5 Exhibition



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