5 Bits of Advice About: Body language
- Your body language while teaching is powerful. Be aware of it and be deliberate with it.
- When you need authority and presence, stand still, with your feet shoulder width apart with your weight evenly distributed. You’ll look more confident and feel it too.
- If highlighting things on the board, use your hands/fingers deliberately and precisely. Avoid waving your hand in the general vicinity of things.
- Similarly, your students’ body language is important. Before you say a word of explanation, direct and expect your students to sit up straight and look at you.
- Random pains? It could be your body language – e.g. certain ways you stand, the way you move your eyebrows, how you bend over to mark/support students.