Students use both verbal and non-verbal behaviors to cue their peers about their current emotions, interests, etc. Non-verbal cueing involves the use of body language and movement, e.g., facial expressions, gestures, body posture, etc.
In many respects, body language communicates more about one's emotions than words. When there is a discrepancy between a person's words and his/her body language, people tend to respond more to their interpretations of how a person says something, than to what has been said.
Both interpreting ("reading") and "projecting" the appropriate body language are important social skills. Students who are effective socially are able to match their spoken language with their body language and movement. The effective combining of verbal and body language facilitates understanding by others, and elicits responses that are appropriate to the situation.
Here are some strategies to help students develop their ability to interpret and use non-verbal cues.