The body is a great mystery that scientist have not fully understood. Today, we will be discussing body language and how it can have us “talking” for days, including in a classroom. As defined by Dictionary.com, body language means nonverbal, usually unconscious, communication through the use of postures, gestures, facial expressions, and the like. Body language is used everyday, and sometimes without even thinking about it. When we are happy, assertive, relaxed, anxious, nervous, etc. are many of the ways we use body language.
After going through the list of the many options of “The most popular talks of all time,” by TED Talks, I decided to watch and talk about Amy Cuddy’s presentation: How your body language shapes who you are. Body language can talk in many ways and cause judgements. Great examples are such as; classroom presentations, interviews, and communicating. The way we shape our body, sit, stand, lean, eye contact, fidgeting, facial expression, head and hand motion, movement and use gestures are ways to express body language in different situations; negative or positive. In other words, our body language is talking and it can cause judgement.
Body language is something we will definitely see and experience in our classrooms as future teachers. We have to understand that through nonverbal communication we judge others, and others judge us. In other words, those students who fill more assertive, positive, and atomistic are the “powerful” students than those who have “low self esteem.” The real question here is, just as Amy Cuddy stated in her presentation, “Do our non verbals govern how other people think and feel about us?” Or “Do our non verbals govern how we think and feel about ourselves?” Much of this has to do with gender, and how it can have a big impact on body language, states Cuddy. For example, when it comes to a classroom, students are a big example. When students are asked questions, their body language says a lot. Their sitting positions and body movements show if students feel comfortable answering questions, are enjoying a lecture, are listening, etc. Below, is a video of Amy Cuddy’s presentation on how your body language shapes who you are.
The body can shape the mind—manipulation. This is precisely why it is very important for us to learn how to use language effectively and use body language as a super power.