Teaching is one of the most difficult jobs in the world. This job involves so many skills – you need to be informative, you must be inspiring, you must encourage and lead your students and above, all you must be an excellent public speaker!
Once you have all of these skills inside your tool belt, we come by and throw a new one on you -> The skill of ‘Nonverbal Communication’. Often misunderstood and underutilized, yet an exceptionally potent skill.
Whether you are teaching preschoolers or fifth graders, body language will always play an important part in how well you are able to connect with your pupils. Inside a preschool, a teacher’s body language dictates how her students will respond to him or her.
Why is this control needed? Because, if and only if you have the aforementioned control you’ll be able to create a superior learning experience for the bright and bubbly toddlers. When a teacher controls the classroom through effective body language the inquisitive minds of the preschoolers are less distracted and all of their attention gets directed towards the teacher.
My son is enrolled in one of the best preschools accredited by QualityKG advanced preschool accreditation; at QualityKG the preschool accreditation standards clearly define the ideal body language for preschool teachers.
Inspired by QualityKG preschool accreditation standards here are some body language tips for preschool teachers:
- Welcome, students with a loud and cheerful voice. If you seem dull and weary, they’ll presume you are vulnerable and you’ll end up losing control over the class.
- If you observe a scared, bored or disinterested body language in your students, then you should use certain gestures like nodding and smiling to reassure and encourage them.
- A teacher’s body language should be self-assured and open but not bossy. You want to come off as involved, so you mustn’t cross your arms or lean away from the students.
- Maintain a good posture, stand up straight, don’t slump your shoulders as it conveys an indifferent attitude.
- A preschool teacher must know how to use her face. Being theatrical and using the power of expressions to communicate is an effective method of teaching.
- If you are trying to involve a student in a discussion, you must make and maintain direct eye contact. Making eye contact with every student in the class keeps them focused and involved in the lesson.
- Smiling reassuringly also encourages preschoolers to get out of their shells.
- If you are trying to deal with negative behavior then it’s recommended to physically get down to the students level.
- Instead of embarrassing a student in front of the class, the more rational approach is to talk softly with the student and explain the potential consequences of his or her actions.
To sum up:
As an educator, you must be in sync with nonverbal communication with your pupils. This will open the gates of healthy and open communication between teacher and students.