Professional Development for Quality Teaching


Body Language when Starting the Lesson

Published: Jul 2020
3 mins


A short demonstration about how body language or non-verbal communication can be used right from the beginning of a lesson to help manage and settle a class.

The start of a PHSE lesson is observed and reviewed by Chris Caswell, at Myton School in Warwick, who's studied and written about body language.

He highlights how standing in the doorway, forcing pupils to enter the room in single file improves behaviour and reduces any tension that may have built up outside.

After taking the register, the teacher moves away from her desk to demonstrate there is no barrier between her and the class.

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