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How teachers can increase their confidence in the classroom
In the classroom environment it is crucial that as the teacher you exhibit a high confidence level. It is necessary that you display this as in order for your students to build confidence in their own learning they first need to be sure that you are confident in your teaching. Having confidence in the classroom also builds a professional teacher student relationship that in turn encourages a positive, respectful and successful learning space. There are various ways that both a beginner and an experienced teacher can build their own confidence in the classroom. Some of these ways include: attending workshops and professional development sessions, avoiding negative criticism, asking for feedback, set classroom goals and having a great understanding of the content being taught. Attending workshops and professional development sessions can increasingly build your confidence as a teacher in the classroom as it is a way to learn and refresh knowledge and or teaching strategies commonly used in the classroom. Workshops can also provide teachers with the opportunity to not only network with similar teachers but to also gain clarification or further understanding on specific concepts. Professional development sessions are a great way to keep your teaching ideas fresh and engaging which in turn should result in a positive classroom environment, hence maintaining high teacher confidence levels. As a teacher it is important that you try to avoid taking negative criticism personally as this will result in poor confidence levels in the classroom. Constructive criticism is often vital in building our own performance as a teacher, although it is often taken personally. Learning to take these criticisms professionally can often help improve weaknesses in our own teaching. Therefore it is important that all negative criticism is dealt with in a professional matter. In line with using constructive criticism as a positive tool it is important that as teachers we continually ask for feedback. This feedback should be varied between students and colleagues. In asking feedback from students at the end of a module or course you are able to find out if you have succeeded in meeting the students needs and expectations. This then enables you to make modifications to your teaching style or resources to better meet the needs of future students. Students are often considered to have the most valuable feedback, as it is them who are at the end of your teachings. In asking feedback from colleagues you are able to gain a professional opinion and or advice in relation to any resources you have developed or teaching methods. Setting classroom goals allows you as the teacher to be prepared for the lesson and in turn confident in what you will be teaching. Setting goals also allows you to be well equipped with teaching resources that will enable you to successfully teach the content outlined in the syllabus. Goals encourage you to structure your lessons in a way that the goals will be achieved, by having this structure it will also aid in building your confidence as a teacher in the classroom. Finally and somewhat most importantly, as a teacher knowing your content is what will give you the most confidence in the classroom. Standing up as a leader in front of a classroom full of students can be a daunting experience which would only be further hindered by not having a comprehensive understanding of what it is you are teaching. It is therefore, a strong knowledge of content that will allow you to display your confidence and succeed as a leader in the classroom. For the students to first gain confidence in learning new concepts it must be clear to them that they are learning from a well-educated teacher. In conclusion, it is evident that for a learning environment to be successful it must be lead by a confident teacher. As it has been mentioned, there are numerous ways a teacher can build their own confidence throughout their career. Teachers who are continually looking for new ways to build and develop confidence in the classroom can only be beneficial to both the teacher and student alike.

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