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Numerous methods of teaching nonverbal communication have been well documented in the literature. However, some instructors may struggle to create transformative learning experiences for their students. This teaching activity provides a creative and original way for students to discuss nonverbal communication, specifically proxemics, in a fun, engaging, and memorable learning experience. This exercise asks the learners to reflect upon a previous experience with using a public restroom, critically reflect upon that experience individually, engage in classroom discourse about the experience, and take action by being aware of the space and territoriality choices they make. Students have responded positively to the classroom discussions about the use of personal space, territoriality, and nature of nonverbal interactions within the restroom context.
The Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal
Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota
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Westwick, Joshua, "Understanding Proxemics through Restrooms: A “Hands-Off” Approach to Personal Space and Communication" (2013). Communication Studies and Theatre Faculty Publications. 4.