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Expressing Emotion as a Teacher

Expressing emotions as a teacher is a good thing.

When you see an angry,worried or sad student in your classroom, it’s very important to first start acknowledging the emotions and start expressing empathy.

Do not ignore those emotions, move straight into problem solving, start giving advice,or making suggestions.

Acknowledging and expressing empathy means a short sentence naming the emotion, checking whether this is true and saying that you care about their struggle.

An Example:

I can see you are feeling really sad right now. I’m so sorry you are feeling so sad.

You have to know you can’t direct this to the student in front of the class. It’s better said quietly, directly to the student.

“Every student has it’s own story and backpack. Teaching students to appreciate each other’s emotions is very good”.

In conclusion: Don’t tell your student to ” be a man”, or “be a lady”. Tell them to be their selves.  Reuben Knapen & Lucie Renard.


A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge and wisdom in the pupils.                               —->> Ever Garrison.

Teaching kids to count is fine,but teaching them what counts is best.  —->> Bob Talbert.

Children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression.  —->> Hail Ginott.

The man or woman who can make things easy is an educator.   —->> Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.  —>> Benjamin Franklin.

Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds,widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible   —->> Robert M. Hutchins.


Mrs Damilola Adewoye

Daystar Group of Schools.

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