Anxiety may be easy to spot in some of your students. With others, it may not be so clear what’s behind difficult behavior — especially when you’re new to your students and they’re new to you.
Teaching with empathy can help you understand and connect with students who are struggling. It allows you to focus on what’s behind the behavior, instead of how that behavior is affecting the class.
This doesn’t mean lowering expectations. In fact, when you connect with students, you show them you believe in their abilities and are supportive. That can give them confidence to tackle more challenging work.
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