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Body Language is a way of conveying our feelings, thoughts, and emotions… just from the way we act. Most often it reveals, thus being more effective, more than any kinds of words can. It can also be considered as a form of classroom management, a form of communicating and maintaining discipline in class.
Compared to speaking, body language, have a much larger impact on students, and it effects a lot other people judgements. In a class the teacher body language can convey 2 things:
Surely the first is the ideal one; as it shows discipline and students respect you more! There should be a psychical and psychological closeness with the students, by making eye contact and smiling, using a warm tone and lean forward. Body language, as Amy Cuddy stated in her TEM and also I found some information in this PowerPoint, involves the body posture, your position in the classroom and your facial expression.
Amy cuddy states how our body can change our mind, and some people try to appear what in reality aren`t: “Fake it till you make it”. We as teachers, from the student’s body language should be able to determine their emotions and predict any behaviour. It is about taking space and opening out. In non-verbal communication we do not mirror ones actions but usually we do the opposite, that’s why showing that you are powerful leads the students to be more behaved and respect you more. Every student has his/her different method and sometimes it is related to gender, boys tend to be more powerful. Our non-verbal governs how people think and feel about us but not only, have they governed how we feel and think about ourselves!
The question Amy asks is: “Can power posing for a few minutes, change your life in meaningful way?” and I think it is worthy to stop and think a bit about it….
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