NLP Tip For teachers:The Learning Atmosphere and Discipline

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Do you want to maintain discipline in your classroom effectively?

Every teacher wants to maintain discipline in the classroom and many students want to undermine that discipline. Discipline means to maintain or regain an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. This is what you want to establish in your classroom at all times. NLP is very useful to attain this goal.

The first thing you must aim to do is disrupt the disruption. When students attempt to disrupt the class, and they will try on both a conscious and unconscious level, you must stop this immediately. If the disruption is at all allowed, all respect for you will vanish and you will have a very difficult time maintaining discipline from then on. On the other end of the scale, the learning atmosphere will be lost if too much discipline is used. Therefore, you need to find a discipline balance.

Avoid Negative Speech
This is one of the most important aspects of getting your message across clearly. Here is a statement for you; “Don’t think of a large purple elephant.” Now what are you thinking about? Our subconscious mind does not hear or register the “do” and “do not” parts of the statement. It simply hears the main idea of the statement. When you tell a child, “Don’t run,” you have, in terms of what that child’s brain hears, effectively told the child to run.

The key is to phrase things in a positive light. Instead of saying, “Don’t run,” say, “Please walk,” or, “We always walk indoors.”

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