Always useful to set a developmental goal…
Stance (Intent vs Understanding)
At the midterm point: I want to improve my body language in class. Specifically, I’ve learned that my “open” body position, in which I directly face students can be intimidating/threatening to some students, and might inhibit them from participating fully. One of my students observed this (in connection with proximity) early in the semester, and it was mentioned again by other students after they watched a video of me. So, I want to experiment with less ‘direct’ postures and get feedback from students near the end (probably anonymous via surveymonkey.com). This process, it says here, should result in professional development gains.
Voice & Posture
As an actor (see my ‘about’ page), I trained for years associating voice production with body movement and position, and understand that my default ‘voice’ for my ‘open’ stance is pretty confident and audible. A secondary aim is to increase my awareness of voice so that I can make adjustments that lead to ALL learners interacting more fully and spontaneously.