don’t sweat the small stuff.
Sometimes you’re going to make a mistake. Or say something you shouldn’t have. Or make a comment on an assignment that you regret. Maybe you’ll lose your cool one day. These things happen because we’re all human. The key is to not get stuck there. You have to be able to pick up and move on. It’s better for you that way, and you need to provide a good example for your students.
Don’t take things personally.
Chances are, when your student comes in upset or angry or obstinate, it’s not about you. You’ve probably done nothing wrong. Instead, they’ve probably gotten into a fight with a friend, argued with their parents, done poorly on an assignment, or any other number of things that have nothing to do with you.
Just listen to your students.
Listen to your students objectively and non-judgmentally. Sometimes they don’t need you to say anything. They just need you to be there, to listen, and to care. It’s amazing what you can learn about your students and from your students by just listening to them.
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