Considering Body Language

A few weeks ago I had an interesting conversation with a faculty member who had recently attended a conference where the keynote speaker spoke about body language and how our mind interprets body language. Mark Bowden was the presenter and, fortunately for us, he also did a presentation at a TEDx Talks in Toronto where his presentation was recorded. In his speech called “The Importance of Being Inauthentic,” Bowden talks about how strangers we meet categorize us in their minds based on their first impressions. The interesting point he discusses is how, due to population, we are more likely to feel indifferently about a person we have just met. This idea has interesting implications for the classroom. For example, is there something we can do upon first meeting our students to ensure that they don’t think of us with indifference? According to Bowden there  is. Check out his talk!