is a VERY stressful experience. Whether you're teaching in a state school
in an inner city or teaching at a private school in the suburbs, the stress
of standing in front of a group of (often confrontational) children or
adults while teaching needs a special kind of person to manage it.
The stress of teaching is really two-fold:
- The physical stress of standing and teaching with expectant
faces watching your every move is stressful enough. (Make sure you know
- The added stress comes from society's reaction to teaching
and teachers place in the social hierarchy.
Teaching is recognized as being of vital importance in almost
all countries in the world, yet the rewards for teaching are generally
poor. This adds to the angst of daily teaching that many teachers feel.
teaching is not attracting the numbers of graduates it used to. teaching
as a course of study is being shunned more and more partly because of
the lack of reward (and the perceived lack of status that goes with it)
but mainly because of the stress.
- Teaching in today's youth culture IS dangerous
- Teaching IS hard work
- Teaching IS time consuming and
- Teaching IS undervalued BUT
- Teaching IS ALSO one of the most rewarding careers in
- Teaching IS ALSO stimulating and challenging
- Teaching IS THE CAREER FOR MOTIVATED, CREATIVE, BRILLIANT
Think you're up to it? Of course
you are. Once you've taken the decision that teaching IS for you, learning
to manage the stress of the teaching job is important. The first time
you stand in front of a hostile audience IS nerve wracking. Learning to
manage your reaction to the teaching role needs some practice.
Fortunately there are packages that can
help you to excel in self-management as well as classroom management.
remember that more than most occupations CLASSROOM teaching IS
PERFORMING. The Performers Edge by Ed Strachar is ideally situated to
help you in your teaching career. Designed for all walks of life, The
Performers Edge guides you in easy to manage steps to controlling yourself
and your work better. Applied to teaching it is a vastly impressive tool.
Focusing your actions and activities can
also be a problem for new, inexperienced teachers. Magical Concentration
is a very well researched and delivered package that can help you to come
to terms with the mental demands of teaching. Reading Genius will show
you revloutionary new teaching methods for reading. The Performer's edge
will show you how to perform well under stress. Into the Genius Zone...includes
several great learning experts...Dr. Steven Halpern on musinc and learning
and Dr. Jeannette Vos, co-author of the Learning Revolution. The other
teachers, your students and school administrators will be amazed at your
new learned skills. Parent meetings should go easier as well.
Although it IS one of the most rewarding occupations, in teaching
you need any edge you can get.