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When doing model lessons, I find myself getting very nervous and even I'm given a good critique, I don't feel confident in my performance. What are some things I could do to become a more confident teacher?

Mar 15, 2015 8:49pm

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    • Mar 17, 2015 1:46pm

      It might help to jot down a few things you are nervous about ahead of time (not staying on track, student engagement, etc.). Then after the lesson, take some time to reflect on how it went. Did any of the things you were worried about happen? If not, celebrate that success! If so, this is a great way to brainstorm what you could do differently next time.

      • Mar 16, 2015 7:09am

        It can take time to build confidence and is totally normal to feel nervous, especially when being observed by others. Just keep practicing and the more experience you get the more comfortable you will feel. I used to get very nervous and that has improved a lot over time.

        • Mar 17, 2015 5:33am

          Next time you are modeling, watch your self-talk. What is your inner voice saying to you? (Hurry up? You are talking too long? That didn't make sense? - Those are some of the things I hear.) You have to harness that voice! Replace or counter it with the these types of comments: Students need good models. Students benefit from hearing an expert's thinking. That will help students learn.

          Confidence comes from listening to what we are saying to ourselves! One of our best teachers is so hard on herself - internally. I would video tape her students attentively listening, eagerly trying out what she had just modeled, and then interview them about how the modeling helped. it took a while, but finally she learned to quiet her inner voice.