Series: Body Language

Body Language: Reinforcing Learning
Lesson Objective: Use body language to reinforce learning
All Grades / Behavior / Class Culture

Thought starters

  1. How does Ms. Millington adapt her body language to accommodate using the whiteboard?
  2. How does she direct learning with the pitch of her voice?
  3. How does the teacher cue students to ponder their thoughts?
  4. How do you ask students questions through your body language?
5 Comments
While tutoring, I am usually sitting with the student, but I can definitely make more of an effort to point to the computer screen, which is my focus, and use hand gestures. I can also use intonation of voice to invite students to answer and to make proclamations when explaining a concept or asking a question about it. Hopefully, by working on my tone, I can get more of an answer out of the student than I previously did. Also, I can work on praising and reinforcing things they have done correctly in the session.
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While at the white board, she's conscious of her movement. At a somewhat fast pace she moves up do the board, steps back (making sure her back is not to the students), switches from left side of board to the right. She also points in order for students to know exactly what they should ponder. By lowering her voice at the end of a question she is referring information. When voice is raised students have an idea that she's seeking their help in answering the question. When she wants students to think, she places her fingers on her chin. I place my hands flat on the table (on top of the books sometimes and other times I clinch them together. I also use the white board, making sure my back is not turned
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This is one of my favourite subjects. I love to see or read more. A very useful medium if effectively used. Should come naturally and use it meaningfully to get the students involved in the lesson. Active teacher. My regards!
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After watching this video, I reflected back to the times that I caught myself using body language to express the importance of a concept or idea. Our children need the fast moving instruction practice from teachers to fellow the fast lifestyle they live in.
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Teaching is persuasion. 7% of total communications = words 38% " " " = voice tone and tonality 55% = physiology
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Transcripts

  • Summary

    Demonstrating how body language or non-verbal communication is useful for teaching and reinforcing knowledge of difficult concepts.
    Body language expert

    Summary

    Demonstrating how body language or non-verbal communication is useful for teaching and reinforcing knowledge of difficult concepts.
    Body language expert Chris Caswell, assistant headteacher at Myton School, observes and reviews a modern foreign languages class on verbs.
    He highlights how the teacher's gestures help her command the class in front of the whiteboard, and how changes to her intonation indicate when she wants pupils to listen and when she wants participation.

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