The link between our non verbal behaviour and what others think of us has long been established in social psychology. Psychologist Amy Cuddy sought to find out whether our non verbal behaviour governs how we see ourselves, and the results are fascinating. Cuddy explains how tiny tweaks to our body language can have long lasting effects on our minds, and in turn, events in our lives. Watch the TED talk here: http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are#t-425355
This has important implications for us as teachers. For starters, the body language we adopt can make a big difference to our presence and confidence in the classroom (not to mention how our students see us). We can also encourage our students to make small changes that may help them to cope in their academic endeavours.