Patience and ESL: Ways on How Not to Lose Your Cool in Class
With the winter holidays coming up, unfortunately there are a lot of stressors as well. Many people have said that you can learn a lot of things from children. One of these is how much patience you have. Not all children test the limits of your patience, but some definitely do! As a teacher, you will definitely encounter stressful situations with children. When that happens, you better keep these tips in mind on how not lose your cool in class.
Have the right mindset.
Having patience throughout the hours that you will be working is incredibly important, and that mostly comes down to your mindset. Before you begin your first class, empty your mind and relax yourself, even if it’s just for 30 seconds. Breathe deeply a few times to calm your mind. Google around for breathing techniques. It might sound a bit cheesy, but really…it works!
You have to tell yourself that you will not lose your patience whatever trouble may happen during your online sessions. This method is easy and not time consuming but indeed effective.
Keep your pace slow.
When people are starting to lose their patience, their brains become more active. Therefore, you have to slow down and avoid distractions to relax your mind and approach your student properly without being angry.
You do not need to do meditative exercises for this. For instance, in class, you can decrease your pace in speaking when your student cannot comprehend what you are saying. Try to focus on the positive aspects of the class. Taking some time to even change to something very simple helps as well. If something goes well, give positive praise, and then try to move back to what you were working on before.
Talk in a calm manner.
You have to speak in this manner especially when you give instructions, impart information, and respond to your student. It is not only beneficial for you but for your student as well since it makes you feel relaxed and makes your student concentrate more on what you are saying. Moreover, your student will realize the importance of your message.
This does not mean that you have to use a gentle voice every single time. Because if you do, your student will be bored. Keeping the class fun is always important.
Take in some air.
Taking a few deep slow and long breaths is an exercise that has numerous benefits. When you are stressed due to impatience, slow breathing can help to lower your blood pressure as well as help to relieve tension. By inhaling and exhaling deeply, you will be able to release most if not all of the pressure and tension.
Oxygen gives your brain its needed energy and power. As a result, you become more conscious of your breathing which makes you mentally active and feeling positive. By doing this, you will not transfer negative energy to your student. You would be amazed at how much students can naturally sense, even through a computer screen.
Aside from preparing for your classes, you should also imagine how your classes will be like. Upon seeing the profile of your students, visualize what can happen in your class and how you will respond with calmness to a particular student. The students are usually not what you envision, but coming in with a good game plan and a positive mindset is very important.
In teaching, you will meet children who either misbehave or learn slower than you would hope for. You cannot let the stress of teaching them get the best of you. Thus, you should try out some of the tips I gave above, and hopefully you won’t have the urge to throw your mouse at the screen! Best of luck, and as always, happy teaching!