This quality can be felt in our voice, how we move and in our presence. Expression is an extension and sharing with others the quality we live with ourselves. From my experience it has this beautiful flavour of reading and expressing from between the lines. For example, if a teacher is saying good morning to students or calling the roll, it is more than just saying the words but having a care and presence while doing so.
Life in the classroom is not simply a list of instructions, guides and dictates but a group of people interacting and working together. With the day-in and day-out interactions and being around each other everyday for a year, a certain level of intimacy and closeness is developed. If we only allowed ourselves to communicate during this time, teaching and being taught would feel quite functional and bland. However expression brings situations, communication and people to life, while sharing a care with each other.
Expressing all that needs to be seen, felt and heard is paramount in developing solid and supportive relationships. In my 16 years of teaching experience, children who feel met and understood often learn with an ease knowing they are seen and accepted for who they are. I know that when I bring attention to the way I express in the classroom, the way I move, interact, communicate, share and so on, it supports a caring and open space for children to learn.
Communication without expression is just communication, however communication with expression from a quality in our bodies and our voices is everything and adds a fullness to our relationships and our teaching.