One of the major causes of incorrect behavior is excitability.
It is also one of the most difficult to solve.
The reason is that most of the distressed teachers do not notice it.
They are so used to tension, so accustomed to intelligence and anguish, that they are not even aware of existence.
A visitor, however, can hear it the moment they pass through the door.
It is palpable.
Personally, the buzz of excitement gives me the exhilaration of Judaism. It makes me shiver and takes willpower just to stay around for a few minutes.
The good news is that once identified, once determined to be the root cause of stupidity, regurgitation and the like, it can be corrected almost instantly with the following five strategies.
you I am the source of energy in your class. Your students are inspired by you. So, if you are tense and tense, it will reflect in the behavior of your class.
A sure way to wipe out the negative vibrations is to breathe, long and slow, deep in the abdomen. Relax your body and let your calm presence fill the room and bring from one student to another.
I know it sounds like new age, but it really works. You can feel the pressure coming out of your room and actually seeing restlessness and excitability diminish.
Breathe and soften the muscles of your body. Not only will it have a positive effect on your students, but it will help relieve your stress and mental tension.
Struggling teachers tend to speak quickly with very little space between sentences. Pepano also their speech with ums and ahs, fearing that if they do not fill the silence, then their students will do it.
Add to it the absolute need to narrate and over-explain and repeat yourself again and again, and you have the perfect recipe for excitability.
See, the constant chatter is disconcerting for the students. It causes nervousness and boredom and the desire to tune in favor of those around them.
Simply stopping, often and sometimes for a long time, increases the power of your words.
It makes you more interesting. It saves students the bandwidth they need to fully understand what you have to say. It stops the spin and the rush of their thoughts and allows them to settle down and just listen.
Watching a teacher move and move around the room all day is both exhausting and unnerving for the students. Many teachers think that it leads them to pay more attention.
But the opposite is true.
It makes them tired, lose concentration and look away.
The solution is to stop and stand in one place, especially when giving instructions or providing important information. This will attract eyes and ears to you.
It will distract your students from the slightest distraction in the environment and focus on what matters.
Most teachers talk too much and teachers in difficulty speak way too much. The result is that within a short period of time, even ten minutes, the flow of information becomes overwhelming for the students.
They can only take so much.
They can only identify and decipher what is important for so long before they completely exclude you. Your voice then becomes background noise that agitates and inspires only your own chatter.
If you can reduce your speaking by a third party, you will notice a dramatic difference in attention. Your students will have time to elaborate, meditate and understand.
And they will come to know that everything you say is worth listening to.
Excitement is like listening to a song played at twice the speed. It's like running errands in thirty cups of coffee or watching a sugar bowl in a birthday party bounce house.
A safe way to put down an overly stimulated lesson is to simply slow down.
Speak more slowly. Move more slowly. Take your time between transitions. Never go on until you get exactly what you want from your students.
Surprisingly, you will discover that not only will your class be calmer and more focused, but you will get A lot more done. Listening and performance will also improve and you will have more time than you ever thought possible.
Excitement is often a hidden but powerful cause of incorrect behavior. It is an omnipresent buzz that once taken, never leaves your class.
Unless it is recognized by the scourge that is and treats it to its source.
The five strategies above have shown to calm and soothe even the most upset classes. They release the bad juju air. Unstable minds are settled.
They eliminate the desire to get upset and twist and talk a mile a minute.
But they must become not only strategies that you experience once in a while or when things become particularly chaotic. Rather, they must become as much a part of your classroom as desks and chairs.
And the curriculum you want so much to be able to teach.
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