When children commence working with me they can be anxious about learning, have low self esteem and at times feel they are not capable of learning anything.
In moving learning forward, it is important to acknowledge children’s anxious feelings, developing strategies to help them cope when anxiety becomes overwhelming. When children understand the part of the brain contributing to anxious behaviour, it helps them validate their feelings and physical symptoms by understanding there is a scientific explanation.
At Engaged Learners time is spent addressing a child’s wellbeing, developing strategies to cope with anxiety and develop self esteem in a safe and non threatening environment. Once a child’s social and emotional development is addressed, improvements in academic development can be forthcoming.
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