5 Key Anxiety Situations of Teaching and How to Handle Them Effectively

6th December 2019

“The teachers should put themselves in the student’s place, he should see the student’s case, and he should try to understand what is going on in the student’s mind, and ask a question or indicate a step that could have occurred to the student himself.” - George Polya (American Mathematician)

Any 21st-century modern teacher is apprehensive for his/her students–their academic routine, state of mind, happiness, and their bright future. In today’s world, teachers have so much to be concerned about in the present day, because they have at all times. In a classroom, each and every student who comes to a classroom is exclusive and a lot of them have to face different challenges that teachers struggle to facilitate those.

However, some challenges are not in the purview of teachers, such as the home challenges and other challenges. That’s why several teachers use different teaching techniques to reach all the students by using multiple methods of teaching deliverance with the help of 21st century teacher training courses.

Situation #1:

Jack is the most energetic and active student in Maria’s nursery class and tends to be extremely disturbing when Maria or any other faculty is teaching, sometimes even more so when Maria is teaching. Sometimes, when Maria concedes a student for an action that she likes, she discovers that Jack does completely the reverse.  For this reason, Maria sometimes feels that Jack has no reverence for his fellow students or rather for her.  By analysing and understanding the situation, Maria now would like to focus on Jack during her teaching as she believes that she needs to learn the different tactics or teaching methods to work with him along with the other students like him. 

Now, for example, let’s know-how does Maria feel about Jack?

So, we can see that Maria is uncomfortable with him because of his behaviour. Sometimes with his actions, he makes Maria feel very helpless by his attitude of continuously challenging her ability and she does not know how to react. By thinking about all of these situations, she started questioning herself about the way she handles a classroom and realised the fact that something has to change as soon as possible. 

Let’s go deep and let’s see what does Maria know about Jack so far?

Jack comes from a working-class family. His mother and biological father have been divorced and now he lives with his mother and stepfather.  Jack knows about his biological father and recently was able to meet him.  He calls his stepfather “Dad” who does all of the disciplining. Most of the other students look up to Jack and follow his guidance. About eight of the boys in Maria’s class would choose Jack constantly to help out them and through this; Maria can understand that Jack is the leader of the group where he tells the other students what to do and what not. Now, while studying and analysing Jack, another thing that Maria identified about Jack is that he has been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Jack is taking medication each morning now. Maria has met with Jack’s parents as well as the school psychologist to have a discussion on the different teaching methods to work with him. So, over a period of some months Maria tried about three of the different strategies that were suggested by Jack’s psychologist. 

Now Maria is back where she has started with all her anxieties where she had absolutely no idea of how to handle Jack. Jack can be an outstanding helper for his energetic and active nature.  After applying those different strategies Maria can actually see the changes in his behaviour and is always more than enthusiastic to help with some positive strategies.

Reference: sjsu.edu

The above-mentioned situation is one of the most common situations in any classroom and Maria’s state was quite applicable in any teacher’s career. The fact is it takes time to discover the greatest method to handle different kinds of teaching situations, and there are going to be days when you just feel that Maria is just like you.

NOW LET’S SEE WHAT THOSE 5 CRITICAL SITUATIONS THAT ANY TEACHER FACES ARE AND HOW TO OVERCOME THOSE:

Nervousness: I’ll forget what I’m saying, it won’t make sense….’ most of the teachers said this at least once in their career. The thing is you might forget and there is nothing wrong with that. It’s irrational to believe that you’ll keep in mind everything and your students anyway need time to practice what you are teaching them. Try to maintain a simple lesson plan even if it’s a difficult conception. Try to teach that thing which you understand totally and don’t aim to instruct something you don’t fully understand yourself. If you are hesitant of certain areas of what you are trying to teach then only you will weirdly talk what you don’t know as evidently as what you will be familiar with.

Lack of Apt Resources: In order to teach effectively, you need to teach your learners in an efficient way with all the possible ways. If you are finding difficulties in resource management then you can just take the help of group work! Students normally help each other, and discussing a hitch helps them to think more significantly about the steps needed to solve that hitch.

Students Just Aren’t Interested: Ask yourself how interested are you in what you are training? Of course you will not always teach them all the vital endurance expertise that believe amazing in their results. If you are not interested enough then you may see your pupils respond to the matter in the same way. Just like the good parenting, teaching is also the same. You need to be reliable, to plan with the students in mind and to preserve safe surroundings where the growth is possible.

The Barriers: As the demographics have changed considerably and these changes lead to the different barriers in language, cultural and other communication approaches. The success of your learners somewhere depends much upon the teacher’s capability to build “understandable contribution” – to describe the content in such a way that makes sense to the learner at their existing level of accepting.

Lesson Planning and Curriculum: You have to plan your lesson plans and curriculum no matter what teachers decide to plan lessons. Student-teaching comes with a lot of accountability, and it can seem devastating sometimes. Just keep it in mind that it’s anyway going to happen if it has to and when it does, don’t be terrified of it. Rather use it as a learning experience and that’s why flexibility, inventiveness, and a good sense of humour are so necessary for a teaching profession.

SOME HIGHLIGHTING FACTS IN A TEACHING PROFESSION:

  • Developing the knowledge takes long-term attempts
  • Sometimes they won’t listen to you
  • Managing the classroom and engaging students is a hard-hitting job
  • Meeting each student’s need takes time
  • You will face the failure
  • Teachers work more than from just 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • You will get irritated with students sometimes
  • Teaching is continuously evolving and developing
  • Teaching should be encouraging

Working with individual students is a very successful technique of teaching and is apt to be an imperative part of your errands. Students need proper training and practice in problem solving. It is a part of your job to facilitate them and the others in the room deal with their nervousness and that is all they want. Every communication is an essential constraint for love and understanding.


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