Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Conducting the Orchestra


Acts 21:40 - "Having received the commander's permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned to the crowd."

Ever go to watch a symphony? Isn't it amazing that all those musicians can play together so effortlessly by themselves. NOT. They play together because they have a Conductor. And this Conductor does it by the gestures that he uses.

As teachers, we should give our students a hand in understanding what we are saying through the use of our gestures. Do you stand with your hands at your sides as a stiff figure? Do you flail randomly? Do you look like you are doing jumping jacks? Does your movements make you look like a court jester?

Watch yourself in a mirror and see how you use your hands. Have a friend watch you teach and fill you in on how you look. Many times our gestures speak louder than our words. Practice gestures that you don't usually use until they become a habit. Control excessive gestures. Move from being a jester to controlling gestures.

For Kingdom Education,

From WTB "Teaching with Style" (c) 1994

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