Teacher journal archive (2008-2011)
Teachers should try to eliminate anger from their classroom responses and from responses to individual students. They are the trained professionals who understand that students need clear guidelines and clearly outlined expectations to guide their behaviour at school. Angry survival responses by teachers do very little for the teacher and even less for the student or students at whom the anger is directed. Besides the fact that calm controlled teachers build highly effective learning relationships with students, there is another reason to avoid angry responses and that is the teacher's own health. People who often get angry cause damage to themselves with the frequent and unnecessary release of survival hormones. [Author abstract, ed]
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