Friday, 20 December 2013

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

A TEDTalk poped up in my Facebook newsfeed - Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are. It had the tag line along the lines of 'Fake it Until You Make It" which spiked my interest as it was a saying one of my colleagues back home often referred to when she was having an off day or moment, so I automatically wanted to watch it.

This jogged my memory of the motivational coach come to talk during the orientation week when I was in Year 12 who also said body language is linked to how we feel and interact.

Cuddy's TEDTalk raises her personal story of "not meant to be here" which can extend to the personal and educational arena. We will have students who feel uncomfortable in a new school, ability wise, social circles, sporting teams just to name a few. It too can pull on us as educators when we possibly feeling a bit out of our depth in a situation, new position, personal life or sympathizing with a first year teacher.

This post may not have a direct correlation for education or the classroom, but felt it was important to share for the benefit of understanding people and emotions - after all we are all human.

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