8 Ways to Support Anxious Students

Joseph Williams

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

There are many ways that student fear, worry and anxiety can be managed within the classroom and at school. What is most important though, is finding what works best for the individual child. The best place to start is always asking the child what helps to make them feel more relaxed and comfortable and then using that as a starting point.

Here are some suggestions of what you can do to help make anxious students feel more comfortable in class:

1. Talk to the child

But don’t force them to open up about their feelings if they don’t feel comfortable. Just let them know you are there for them if they ever need to chat. Or, allow them time to chat with their friends, school counsellors or someone else they trust.

2. Talk to their parents or carers

One of the most important things as a teacher is understanding a child, and who better to help you with this than their parents or carers. Honest and open discussions are paramount to the success of a child in the classroom. Ask them questions, share what you’ve noticed, and ensure they know you are here to help their child, not to make things harder for them.

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Joseph Williams

Marketing & Comms Director at Opogo

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