I remember a year or two ago when TED Talks were added to Netflix and I thought that the videos were stupid. I didn’t actually see the value in TED Talks until I was introduced to TED Ed in an ESCI class I took. I watched this video and decided to give TED Talks a second chance. I am glad I did because I found TED Talks that were extremely interesting and have helped me develop as an educator.
A tech. task for my ECMP class is to look at and critique a TED Talk. I am finding it hard to chose from all the amazing TED Talks. I really wanted to write about the TED Ed video Pixar: The math behind the movies by Tony DeRose (which I highly recommend watching) until I watched Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk Your body language shapes who you are:
I decided to write about this video because I have been hearing more and more about body language and its role within a classroom.
During this video Amy Cuddy discusses the importance of body language as well as the difference of expressing feelings of power and powerlessness. Cuddy discusses various situations where people may show signs of being powerful or powerless and how peoples’ judgements of body language in these situations can be life changing. However, Cuddy also discusses how research shows that holding certain power stances, such as the “Wonder Woman” stance shown below, for two minutes can actually increase testosterone and decrease cortisol levels within the human body. This often means that people become more open in situations and are less likely to have regrets. Those who did powerless stances showed a decrease in testosterone and an increase in cortisol levels. The results from these studies suggest that keeping the body in more open positions is healthier for how you feel about yourself. Towards the end of the video Cuddy discusses the importance of “faking it until you become it”. By doing these stances you will improve how you feel about yourself which will eventually cause you to naturally become a more powerful person.
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In society it is easy to pass judgement on someone based on what we see. For example, tabloids are constantly exploiting celebrities by taking pictures and making up stories based on what the celebrity’s body language is saying in the picture. Because I am not an expert at reading body language I haven’t really thought about the role body language will play in my classroom. For example, Amy Cuddy discusses how some students may raise their hands up high (power) while other students will raise their arm by resting it on the other (no power). Those raising their hands high are more confident in themselves as suggested by Cuddy. I always thought not fully raising the arm was a matter of laziness. Also, I now know a person who is feeling powerless brings all their limbs closer to their body. This may help me to read student situations better. For example, if a student was to argue with me, while constantly touching his/her neck, I would know that the student was exhibiting signs of powerlessness and not wanting to pick a fight. I must also be aware of my own body language when I teach, meet parents, and am around colleges. A good way to do this is by doing a power stance for two minutes before I start my day. Hopefully this will help me become a more open and confident person.
Although this is all really interesting and helpful information I must remember I cannot completely rely on this information. For example, I cannot make any assumptions about students, parents, or colleges based on their body language. I will mostly use this information to help increase my confidence in myself.
How do you use your body language to display a strong, confident you? Any tips or tricks for body language in the classroom?
Below is a picture of me in my “power stance” in front of Mt. Rushmore.