Teaching A Survival Guide For Students And New Teachers Part 4 Body
Languagwe Basics

Teaching A Survival Guide For Students And New Teachers Part 4 Body Languagwe Basics

Body language is​ your chief weapon in​ your campaign for​ a​ calm and​ disciplined learning environment. With the​ correct posture or​ hand movement it​ is​ possible to​ control even the​ most rowdy of​ classes. Most of​ the​ ideas here are extremely simple but they do work. Practice them on colleagues and​ children and​ they will make your teaching much more effective.

Smile. it​ is​ an​ indication of​ confidence. Some classes are unused to​ anyone smiling at​ them because their behaviour is​ so dreadful that teachers have to​ work hard to​ keep them under control. These children delight in​ winding up their teachers. if​ you smile then YOU are winning and​ the​ class acknowledge this by working better for​ you.

If you stand up you are immediately above even the​ tallest of​ seated adolescents, this means that they are looking up to​ you, at​ least literally. Some lessons lend themselves to​ standing better than others, but basically, you should be standing whenever you are talking to​ children.

Make eye-contact with every child when you look around the​ class. Be careful that you are not moving your point of​ focus too quickly and​ that each child knows that you have seen them. Eye contact is​ particularly important when you are speaking to​ a​ particular child. Do not allow the​ individual to​ look away. the​ child looking away has switched you off and​ you might as​ well save your breath.

Always stand in​ the​ open, rather than behind a​ desk. This “exposing yourself” is​ a​ sign of​ confidence in​ yourself.

Move slowly about the​ room. Rapid walking around the​ room unsettles the​ class and​ makes them noisy.

If you are using your hands to​ describe left and​ right, remember your left is​ the​ children’s right.

Consequently you should gesture with the​ right hand when saying “Left”, and​ vice versa. One way to​ think about it​ is​ to​ imagine a​ large glass screen between you and​ the​ class with the​ image you are describing on it. it​ is​ as​ though you are behind the​ screen.

If you watch someone who does not use this technique it​ is​ very distracting and​ prevents the​ class concentrating on the​ concepts that the​ teacher is​ trying to​ convey.

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