"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!" Matthew 6: 22 - 23 NIV.
Napoleon said - "To make oneself understood to people one must first speak to their eyes." Use your eyes to welcome your students and invite them to make eye contact. Using your eyes will attract and keep their attention.
By making eye contact with each of your students you include them in your lesson. You make them feel a part of what you are doing. They are drawn into paying attention. They also will see you as someone to be trusted. Think about it - someone who does not make eye contact with you when they are speaking - do you question their motives? Their integrity? The truthfulness of what is being said? How do you think they feel as you don't look them in the eye?
Today - make eye contact with every student in your class - in fact, make eye contact with everyone you come into contact with. See if it doesn't make a difference.
For Kingdom Education,
from WTB, "Teaching with Style" (c) 1994