Reading Body Language


“It is amazing how easy it is to influence people’s behavior using these friendship tools [the eyebrow flash, the authentic smile and the head tilt]. Alone or in combination, they allow you to make people feel better about themselves and, in turn, encourage them to make you feel better as well. When you employ the Golden Rule of Friendship, it encourages reciprocity: ‘If you make me happy, I want to make you happy.’”  p. 90-91 The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over, by Jack Schafer, Ph.D.

THE AFFECTIVE FILTER (Krashen’s Hypotheses Series, #6 of 9)

(Previous post in this series: The Input Hypothesis) The next post in this series (#7/9), The Compelling Input Hypothesis, is found here. Teach like a MANIAC A: The Affective Filter Hypothesis "Learning is filtered through the emotions." Psychological safety is one of the most important factors in a successful team. The classroom is no different. Your classroom needs to be a safe space where students are free to take chances. The class must be free of insults, put-downs, judgmental statements and crude language. Even snide remarks, rolling eyes, smirks, mockery, and lack of inclusion can have a negative impact on [...]

By |2018-10-22T20:39:14-06:00May 14th, 2018|Categories: Classroom Management, Krashen, Reading Body Language|1 Comment


Get Bryce's new book on classroom passwords here. This project grew out of a short blog post. I was enthusiastic about the results I was getting with passwords with my students and wanted to share what was working with my colleagues. Originally it was just a few examples of passwords that had worked for me and an invitation to share ideas. It could have been written as a blog series, but I just kept adding to the original post. This is the result. As ideas from the original short blog post began to flow comments, questions and suggestions from colleagues [...]


A colleague writes: “I've really been struggling with my ADHD kids who not only aren't getting the input they need but are distracting other students AND me. 98% of my class is smiling/laughing/engaged... so I don't think it's a problem with the compelling aspect... and I can't get my ADHD students to pay attention long enough to give them more repetitions... and I don't think there is any way to make it more comprehensible... articles... advice?” These three key practices will help with your ADHD students: 1) Let them get up and get moving. Anticipate their energy. Say that any [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:12-06:00September 5th, 2017|Categories: Classroom Jobs, Classroom Management, Reading Body Language|1 Comment


The teacher needs to be constantly aware of student body language. Students will give a clue as to their intentions with subtle movement clues and micro-expressions. These are often quick and captured only subconsciously. They show up only as feelings or premonitions to our conscious minds, so be aware when something just doesn’t feel right.  Listen to your hunches. They can be signals that your subconscious mind trying to tell you more about a situation.   An instance of this happened after a recent lesson. A male student asked, “How do you say ‘She wants’?” He was trying a bit [...]