Each person comes to school with their own Thoughts, Emotions, Perspective from home. This is the case for both teachers and students...
Anxiety can start when having to deal with above
Anxiety – look at yourself first and how you cope with this, keep energy up. What can I do to fill my bucket at the end of the day. Know about mindfulness. If a teacher’s anxiety is going up, it will escalate the anxiety of the student. Look at the development of the brain – look at impact of trauma, neglect… they influenced development.
Brain development starts with:
Brainstem - Safety
Midbrain - Movement
Limbic - Emotions
Cortex - Learning
When students do not feel safe, they might make noise and be disruptive so they can be send out. They then they might feel safe as they are not subjected to the learning (which they might be scared of).
If a student is constantly anxious – it can be something specific...
Your anxiety can cause the student’s anxiety. Stay calm and talk in a calm voice. When a student does not react, it might be their brain telling them "I am in danger" and that is why they might not react / respond. Unfortunately, a teacher / adult might perceive it as being defiant.
Acknowledge the feeling, but know how to cope with it. What strategy can be used to cope with feelings?
- Anti-anxiety activities: breathing exercises
- Get students to know to just breathe, will make them feel better
- Also, think how well you know this specific student.
Try and capture the right moment to help the student cope with strategies about what we do when not feeling well. Use the right vocabulary – don’t confuse angry with not happy.
Maybe do whole class teaching for coping strategies, step-by-step. Mentally visualizing working through the anxiety. Talk about what it might look like / feel like.
Know what emotions look like. Get students to act out – look up on internet.
Often an anxious student just needs time… but let them know you will be coming back to them. Difficult for anxious child to be put on the spot, speak up in class in front of everyone or even give an answer.
Often when a child is anxious, a parent will have it to. A dad might be aggressive because they are anxious. Women can cry. Get the parent to practice handling feeling and emotions with their child at home. Exercise help for unsureness- suggest they take a walk together each day. There will be more success when including the parent.
Diagnoses just gives us a bit more knowledge about the child, it is not the end of all.
Teach the ‘Worry Tree’ Problem solving technique...
The Helicopter view – teach kids to look at something with a 'bird’s eye view' and not ‘close up’. Look at something differently. What am I reacting to? What does this situation mean to, or say about, me? What's the worst thing about thinking that, or about the situation?
Lots of ideas and metaphors on www.getselfhelp.co.uk
~ "Affirmations for Anxiety: This is only temporary; I am in control; I can take things one step at a time; Anxiety does not define me" - Anonymous ~