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Using Body Language

Body language is an inseparable ingredient in communication in general and teaching in particular. Use it to your advantage.

Body language is such an integral part of us that we’re not aware of it most of the time. Every moment, each teacher automatically produces body messages that students interpret subconsciously.

There are some aspects of your body language that you can’t change, even if you want to. You may be tall or small, thin or thick, have black hair or blond hair, be a woman or a man, be old or young; you may have had an accident and now you’re limping, or you walk in a certain way, look a certain way, and speak in a certain way; everything is a message and is interpreted by your students whether they’re aware of it or not.

You can control many aspects of your body language. You can decide how you dress, how you interact, and how you talk to your students. To change your body language drastically is not easy and will need a lot of work on your part. Start by simply being aware of the impact your body language has on your students and, automatically, you will do better.