The use of nonverbal communication in education can be a powerful way to influence learning. By using subtle gestures and nonverbal communication, students can learn to recognize when teachers are trying to convey information to them. In fact, students tend to believe nonverbal messages more than verbal ones, and teachers who deliberately use nonverbal communication to influence students can gain more trust.
Children are highly sensitive to nonverbal communication, and their reactions to a teacher’s tone of voice and facial expressions are often an indicator of how well the child is doing in school. However, the use of nonverbal communication is only as effective as it is age-appropriate. In order to effectively use nonverbal communication, educators must use age-appropriate facial expressions and body language.
Students respond positively to nonverbal communication. Teachers can use non-verbal communication to start class. In fact, many highly effective speakers begin by addressing one student before moving on to the next. During the speech, they may also change their voice tone to address each student individually.
Physical distance is also an important form of nonverbal communication. In fact, touch can tell others a great deal about a person. Businesspeople often say that a handshake can tell others a lot about someone. However, you wouldn’t want to high-five the CEO of your company.
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