What do you do to relieve nervous?

Indonesia
January 27, 2012 2:14am CST
I got an offer to become a teacher at an elementary school, I wanted be a teacher, but I am still very nervous to face the students. Can anyone tell me, how can I not be too nervous?
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16 responses
@mensab (4208)
• Philippines
27 Jan 12
it is normal to feel nervous in facing new situations. some people are very good at facing and managing the situation and their nervousness. what i do is i imagine myself to be in a position where i have something to say important things. i recreate in my mind the scenarios. when i feel that i have important things to say, it ebbs and eases my stiffness and breathing. then i feel calm and little nervousness.
• Indonesia
27 Jan 12
thank you my friend I will try your suggestion!
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
27 Jan 12
Hi there rastaman9, Hello there you are mylotting a lot lately, well for me I try to focus on my step by step procedures that i am going to do in any situation, so that my mind is flooded by the things that I need to do and nervousness can't crawl in preparation is key to avoid nervousness not only that it avoids any mistakes an gets you ready for the task but it also helps in putting things on your head to avoid any unneeded nervousness to set.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
27 Jan 12
You can drink tea or stretch a bit so you get your blood running...
@dongjr (80)
28 Jan 12
hmmm, engage the students with a jolly approach. Be nice and just be normal. Being nervous is okay. You'll be good as time pass, give a quality time to your students. And enjoy.
@cttolledo (4110)
• Philippines
28 Jan 12
I think that is normal..to gain confidence you should know your lesson or subject matter very well, formulate class rules .. but i am sure you can do it...Goodluck!
@watergirl (569)
• Philippines
28 Jan 12
congratulations! I am a teacher to young kids as well and I can relate to your anxieties pretty well. Children can be quite honest and frank. Sometimes, they can be very mean. But don't worry. They are still children who are interested in the stories that you will share and the life lessons you will impart. It helps to know the stuff the children are into these days. Find a common ground and build a rapport with your pupils.
@maezee (31489)
• United States
28 Jan 12
Well, I'm sure it would be nerve-wracking to be in your position - but remember..They're just kids! New teachers always need some breaking in - always need some practice to get the swing of things. I am sure these kids will be more than welcoming. I wouldn't be intimidated by young kids - the younger the better - and it will definnitely take some time getting used to. But congratulations by the way! I'm sure you will do fine!!
• Kenya
27 Jan 12
Try listen to your favorite music through your ear phones before going to class.
@parascevi (314)
• Greece
27 Jan 12
Usually we feel nervous the first time in a new job and this is completely normal.To avoid this try to think positive so as to fill yourself with energy and courage. Try also to be selfconfident and not be afraid with this new experience and not expect from your self to be perfect ,the first days in your work, so do not pressure and panic because students understand that some time. So be calm, cool,relax and do not pressure yourself with anything. I am sure that you will be great!
@sumatix (258)
• United Arab Emirates
27 Jan 12
hi rastaman, I have been a teacher and so i can very well understand your nervousness.What i use to do when i was teaching was first of all prepare my lessons verywell.Thia use to boost my confidence a lot to face the students and their questions. Then dress a bit maturely as i was just 24 at that time and being shortheighted if i wore casually i would also look as one of them.. The third and the last one before entering into the class i use to take a deep breath and say myself that i am the best and they are just kids sitting infront of me and i am the teacher. So this is what i use to follow maybe some suits and appeal you so you can also try..well best of luck for your first class..
@hoodedboi (185)
• Philippines
27 Jan 12
Well, ask them questions, ask for their opinions... Let them engage in the discussion!
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
27 Jan 12
First of all, I want to congratulate you for receiving an offer to become a teacher in an elementary school. It is just normal to be nervous. That is a great opportunity for you so grab it. For you not to feel nervous, think of your family who are your inspiration in life. I know you can do it. Goodluck.
@ChoukseyMK (1053)
• India
27 Jan 12
nice that you got teachership,congratulations. now onwards your students would be nervous. plz do not suggest them to smoke to relief for nervousness.
@neelia_lyn (1648)
• Philippines
27 Jan 12
Well, you are lucky to have that job. Congratulations! It's normal to feel nervous during the first days of your teaching job. To help relieve your nervousness, try taking deep breaths and be confident. Or try imagining that there are no students in front of you while you are teaching, but be sure to really teach your lessons well. Don't worry, you'll be able to overcome that nervousness after you have known and befriended your students. Good luck!
@eunife (165)
• Philippines
27 Jan 12
study your material very well so that when you speak, you will be confident and it will show. prepare a list of your rules in the classroom and start by telling it to them in a commanding voice. elementary students are the naughtiest ones. if they can sense that you will give in to them in any way, they will bully you, they will not listen to you, and they will not respect you. So be ready to be firm but friendly. i am a teacher and when i first stood in front of my college students, i did not expect my knees to tremble but it did happen. i was full of confidence when i entered the classroom but when i started speaking, i felt like throwing up. So what i did was to ask them to get a sheet of paper, write their names and expectations of the class/subject i am about to teach them. as they did that, i wrote my rules on the board (bec. i couldn't speak) and i told them to copy it on their notebooks after they give their papers to me. that activity gave me enough time to regain my confidence.
@bhonti (1247)
• Philippines
27 Jan 12
Just be yourself and enjoy the moment. You like teaching as you have mentioned, so you will be comfortable with the job. If you like kids, you will not have any problem as well. Good luck!
@prinzcy (5063)
• Malaysia
27 Jan 12
First of all, congratulations on your job! Being a teacher is a really huge responsibility. You need to be calm and convincing as well. For the students, the teachers are always right. Even though you're wrong, you still right! You need to calm down before entering the class. If you're nervous, they'll notice. I was a contract teacher once. Before entering, I thought of all things that I wanted to day in the class. But when I step in, all of that go out of the window. What I did was, introducing myself, wrote my name on the board (totally important or they would forgot once I step out of the class) and asked them to introduce themselves. That way I'll be able to know them and help me calm down at the same time.