How You Carry Yourself

How You Carry Yourself

Just as valuable as an effective tone of voice is maintaining an effective body posture. Research has shown that as much as 97% of communication is non-verbal. That's huge!

As educators, we must remember the following ideas when it comes to our posture:

Remain an arm’s length away from students to maintain appropriate distance and professionalism.

Keep your arms uncrossed to indicate openness to discussion.

When helping a student, sit down side-by-side with them rather than standing and towering over them.

Be relaxed… even in stressful or intense situations.

Allow your posture to show enthusiasm for students being in your classroom.

Let your face reflect the words you say and the emotion you are trying to get across.

Simply being aware of our facial expressions, the way we are standing, or the way we are sitting can improve the way we carry ourselves.

If your posture and the way you carry yourself are a thermostat, look at the students around you and see what "temperature" they are reflecting back to you.

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Last modified: Monday, 2 July 2012, 10:58 AM