Body Language Techniques

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How body language or non-verbal communication can improve teaching, from starting and finishing a lesson to engaging, motivating and managing them during one.

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Expert advice comes from Chris Caswell, an assistant headteacher at Myton School in Warwick, who's studied and written about the use of body language in the classroom.

Chris, who's also a teacher trainer, observes and reviews the actions of five teachers at different stages of their lessons.

The techniques he highlights include touching your head and face to encourage concentration, using hand gestures to invite participation and moving around the class to gain attention.


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    • I do agree that movement
      29 July 2010 - 21:51

      I do agree that movement and in general body language is essential in teaching. Yet the very important aspect of irritating gestures has not been covered in this video. I have been taught some time ago that some movements, like in the example of the history teacher, constant walking, may actually be irritating. How can pupils focus on a lesson when the teacher seems to be pacing the classroom all the time? Ido agree that it will make them more focus on the subject and less disruptive, still there is something missing when it comes to imposing the authority...