I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that most of you didn’t get much training in nonverbal communication — the things you do with your voice, your posture, your pacing, your eye contact — while learning to become a teacher. Okay, I take that back: maybe you had to take a speech communication class, but didn’t everyone? Was there anything specifically targeting how you present yourself in the classroom?
Now, if you’re a college professor, especially an adjunct, you probably had less teacher training than most. That’s where my guest on podcast episode 12 comes in. Jack Shrawder is the Executive Director of Teaching for Success, an organization whose mission is to help adjunct faculty hone their teaching skills. They offer year-long e-mentoring subscriptions to whole campuses, or individuals can sign up on their own.
In this episode, Jack and I talked about the things teachers do nonverbally that reduce their effectiveness in the classroom. Then we talked about the things they can do to have the opposite effect: the ways you can adjust your voice, posture and other nonverbals to give yourself more presence and confidence in the classroom. Those ideas are summarized in the image above, but more details are waiting in the podcast. I definitely learned something; I hope you do too!