Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 348 “One day a student named Jason complained to me that his English teacher always picked on him. Jason told me that he never talked out in class, he always did his homework, and that he did everything his teacher asked him to do. The following week, I went into Jason’s English class to talk about scheduling. Jason, who was sitting in the back, never spoke out of turn, never talked to his neighbors, and he did everything he was sup- posed to do. Nevertheless, as my presentation went on, I became more and more irritated with him. Why? Because of his body language. Throughout the period, Jason would look at his friends and roll his eyes, or he’d slump his shoulders, let his head drop back, and then he’d sigh. Jason’s behavior was clearly saying to me, ‘This is stupid and boring, and I don’t want to do this.’ I found Jason’s behavior distracting and annoying. Of course, I also found out why Jason and his English teacher weren’t getting along. The next day I called Jason into my office and explained to him what I had observed the previous day. Jason was truly surprised that I had even noticed him in the class.” Ms. Johnson What Jason didn’t understand is that when teachers are up in front of a classroom, they see everything. They know who is paying attention, who’s taking notes, and who is listening to the class discussion. They also know who’s doing homework for another class, writing personal notes, daydreaming, and “napping” (even when students think they have their hands and books set up to hide it). If you choose to do these things, don’t kid yourself into thinking that your teachers don’t notice, even if they don’t say anything. If you want to get good grades, make sure this is the message your body language is sending. Sit up straight, be alert, and look at your teachers when they are talking. Know how you’re doing. If your teachers post grades online, check them often. If they don’t, keep your own record of your homework, quiz, and test grades for each class. Be aware of your body language. This counselor’s story illustrates the importance of body language.