Teaching is about relationships as well as pedagogy.
It is about feelings as well as facts and it is as much about what goes on inside your head as it is about what goes on in the heads of your students. It is about using your senses as well as your subject knowledge.
At the end of the day we all know that it is our mood when we enter the classroom that has the greatest effect on the learners, our sense of motivation that drives the pace of the lesson and our abilities to relieve the tension in a difficult moment that creates the right classroom climate. Effective teaching begins and ends with our capacity to manage our internal responses and external behaviour.
It is important for teachers and leaders in schools and colleges to balance leadership styles with a coaching style and approach. For not only does questioning help to change behaviours – by getting students to think about what they are doing – asking questions helps to ensure that there is a process of genuine interdependence (rather than just dominance and compliance) between you and your learners, or you and your followers.
NLP has much to offer in these areas also, and is the reason why it is so widely used in coaching and therapy.
How specifically it will help you immediately.
- Understand Epistemology (how people learn) therefore can teach better.
- Build rapport easily, therefore get students into a receptive state
- Make out where a student is stuck, therefore easier to empower him/her.
- Learn strategies to learn and improve memory power.
- Use language effectively to ensure student compliance.
All educational institutions which pride themselves to genuinely believe that education is about complete and all round growth of a student should definitely utilise this tool. Not only will this make a difference to the students, but also to make a name for the school/college as a pioneer institution who are not stopping at making a difference to lives of students today but continue to make a an impact on the nation tomorrow.