During the development of learning in the classroom, teacher-student communication is inevitable. And during communication, words are often accompanied by hand movements and a certain facial expression. The role of these gestures is a very important indicator in the way we communicate and think.
(1) Gesture accompanies the thoughts of speakers (often unspoken thoughts not only of teachers, but also of students), even just a little attention, can help a teacher to understand the expressiveness, nature, baggage of information of the student. So, it can serve as a window to get to know and understand the student better during communication.
(2) Gesture can change the thoughts and reactions of interlocutors. For example, an encouraging gesture from a teacher (a calmer facial expression, accompanying the explanation with hand movements, but not in a nervous manner) has the power to change the way students focus, change the course of learning . The impact is always positive: more attention, more results.
But communication through gestures can serve not only for the way of explanation, but also for evaluation in the classroom.
The gestures that students show spontaneously when they speak, when they ask about the ambiguities, are a good enough indicator for teachers to understand or penetrate their thoughts. Even accompanying a student’s response with gestures in the classroom can serve the teacher to evaluate it. This, since students’ gestures often show information about how they think, which they cannot express in writing. So gestures can provide teachers with important information about their students’ knowledge.
So communication plays a major role. This communication is accompanied by gestures, which, in their own way, are indicative.
First, gesture reflects what students know and can therefore serve as a window into their thinking. Importantly, this window often reveals thoughts that students don’t even know they have.
Encouraging them to engage in communication, or conversation, has the power to reveal in the teacher thoughts quite useful for getting to know them. Second, communication accompanied by gestures can change the flow of this communication.
For example, the encouraging gesture has the power to change and build a better communication language (or it can damage it in the opposite case).
In conclusion, the explanation in the class, the face-to-face communication, the exchange of thoughts in the form of questions and answers, increase the interest of the students.
Ways of communication or gestures are an important tool to understand how we speak, how we think, but, most importantly, they encourage everything that is explained to be heard and assimilated better.