Body language is very important to students and parents. A look of disinterest or boredom can easily portray negativity to your students, parents and onlookers. Parents cannot always hear what you are saying so they assess the class by what they observe. This also extends to correct terminology and appropriate language. Choose your words carefully and
ensure they are appropriate and relevant to the class participants.
Actions such as folding your arms, looking at the clock, looking or staring at other people, being interested in another class or activity happening elsewhere, are examples of negative body language.
You should show your class attentiveness, active listening and overall interest.
Smiling, actively teaching, talking to your students about the activity or skill, ensuring you are paying full attention to your students, are examples of positive body language.
Positive body language contributes to a students’ engagement and learning.
You are responsible for the supervision and instruction of all your participants in your class whilst they are under your Duty of Care