Anatomy of a preschool teacher’s body language and intonation

Inside a preschool classroom, both teachers and children constantly send and receive nonverbal messages along with the verbal communication. A teacher can successfully keep her pupils engaged by nonverbal communication, for instance – a smile, a nod, a clap of hands can help increase a child’s involvement and engagement in the lessons.

The teachers at QualityKG accredited preschools are trained in preschool development programs, as a result, they are completely aware of the significance of body language as an instructional tool. QualityKG has established advanced preschool accreditation standards that help in the development of some of the best preschools and play school franchises.

preschool teacher's body language and intonation

Day 1:

“Hello, Priyansh! How are you this morning?” the Vice Principle says as he addresses a toddler in the corridor during the short break. Soon after, the class teacher addresses Ashima by saying – “Good morning, Ashima, I see that you have taken my advice and you are not making any noise during the story telling session.” During the lunch hour, the PE teacher observes a conflict between Nora and Sammer, “Nora and Sameer, you must use friendly words,” he says firmly yet respectfully.

In above situations, the body language, choice of words and intonation of the adults all combine to depict that the preschool teachers care for their students and they trust them. The teachers are enforcing discipline by enabling their pupils to exercise positive behavior. Here the preschool teachers are steering students towards good behavior by using positive words and intonation while addressing them.

Day 2:

Principal addresses morning assembly by saying – “We’ll start the assembly once everyone is quiet.” While the students are having their lunch, the class teacher says, “Look at the poster on the wall and remind yourself what you need to do after finishing your meal.”

In above situations, the words used by the principal and the class teacher express their confidence in the students that they want to oblige, pay attention, and follow instructions.

A preschool teacher can convey his or her expectations from the students without using any words. And in response when these expectations are conveyed to the students they accept them and oblige with positive behavior.

Day 3:

Shreya is sprinting about in the hallway; she’s excited about Christmas celebrations in the school and has forgotten about the rule of keeping silence in the hallway. As a preschool teacher you can handle this situation in two ways:

  1. Shreya, what do you think you are doing? Is this how you behave. You are in big trouble, young lady.
  2. Good morning, Shreya! You seem quite excited about the festive environment in the school. I am glad that you are trying to maintain silence in the hallway.

Here’s what Shreya understands from both the approaches:

1. “Shreya, what do you think you are doing? You always behave poorly. You are in big trouble, young lady.

The “You always _________” phrase is more damaging than you think. These types of phrases are labels that might stick with a child forever. Young preschoolers grow to be what their parents and teachers tell them they are. This type of communication shows distrust in Shreya’s ability to abide by the rules. In addition to that, it shows the grown up as an “enforcer,” thereby reducing the trust between teacher and student

2. “Good morning, Shreya! You seem quite excited about the festive environment in the school. I am glad that you are trying to maintain silence in the hallway.”

In the second approach, the teacher acknowledges Shreya’s ability to demonstrate responsible and positive behavior. Also, the teacher’s statement depicts that she believes Shreya is capable of maintaining self-control.

In the end:

As a preschool teacher, your body language helps your pupils to form a positive perception of themselves, which in turn encourages positive behavior. While you lay down rules, give directions, make a note of good behavior, enforce rules, stop misconduct, or engage in discussions, you must employ a direct and clear communication. In the words of Wade Boggs – “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”


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