More than 1,200 teachers in England have been trained to study their students' body language in an effort to modify their own behavior and establish better relationships with their students. Teachers were told to copy their students' body language and gestures to show students they understand and care about them. Teachers also were instructed to avoid so-called "closed" gestures, such as folding their arms or being behind a desk. Supporters of the training in neuro-linguistic programming, or NLP, say the methods will improve communication, student behavior and student achievement, but critics say the teaching method is a distraction.

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