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The majority of our communication is nonverbal. Nonverbal communication is often referred to as body language. Body language includes facial expression, posture, eye contact, gestures and many other subtle signals that we all interpret subconsciously. Body language is something that is learned. When there is a conflict between verbal and non-verbal communication we always believe the nonverbal. Culture, regional area and even gender can influence nonverbal communication.
Body Language Day
Our comfort level around people is greatly affected by distance and space. Distance and space are a part of our nonverbal communication/body language.
Main Curriculum Tie:
Introduction for Personal Space/Distance Territory:
Have a volunteer leave the classroom. The teacher informs the rest of the class that when the volunteer returns to the classroom, the teacher will move closer and closer to the volunteer student invading his/her personal space. The class should notice at what point the volunteer feels uncomfortable and what the student's reactions to the situation are.
The volunteer returns to the classroom and is instructed to stand in front of the class to be interviewed. The teacher should begin by standing 3-4 feet away from the student volunteer. As the teacher talks with the student, the teacher slowly inches closer and closer to the student, forcing the student to back away when his/her safety zone has been invaded. The volunteer will likely begin backing away as the teacher gets within about 18 inches. The student will most likely be comfortable at a distance of about 24 inches.
As a class, try to determine at what distance they felt the volunteer was most comfortable, at exactly what point the student became uncomfortable, at what point did the volunteer began backing away.
Content Outline, Activities and Teaching Strategies:
Begin your class period with the nonverbal day activity. Write in large letters on the whiteboard "Today will be an experience in nonverbal communication. There will be NO verbal communication in this room at all". The teacher will use nonverbal communication to show students what they will be doing this class period (this is found in the nonverbal communication instruction sheet). (Exaggerating motions and hamming it up is helpful in getting attention and showing them what needs to be done. Do not allow ANY verbal communication to take place). See supply list for this activity.
Allow 45-60 minutes to complete this activity. At the end of the allotted time period talk about the experience they have just completed. Discuss in detail what they have done that day, such as the worksheet and packet, the video and the ads.
Option 2: UEN Lesson Plan ARR
Option 3: Nursery Rhymes
Option 4: Pantomime
Option 5: Charades
Option 6: Body Language Worksheet
Option 7: Textbook
Option 2: Video
Option 3: Writing Assignment
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