Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What is your body saying?


Rev. 1: 12, 17a NIV - "Having received the commander's permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned to the crowd... When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead."

The Apostle John exiled on the isle of Patmos saw the risen Lord. His entire being reacted to it. His posture pictured his heart's response. His posture declared that Jesus is the Lord, he was His servant, and that John was ready to do what was bidden.

When you teach, what does your posture say? Do you use the correct posture for what you are attempting to say? In the lessons on "Teaching With Style," they list 5 suggestions to consider. They are:
  • Standing straight at the lectern communicates serious business.
  • Leaning on desk or wall means let's relax.
  • Sitting down - especially in a student desk or chair - shows a desire to get to their level.
  • Pacing reveals energy or excitement. And finally,
  • Staring out a window could say that your are considering their actions when they are disruptive.
Today, seek to incorporate your posture in all of your interactions with students, fellow-workers, parents, etc. Be conscious of how you communicate.

For Kingdom Education,

from WTB "Teaching With Style" (c) 1994

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