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Feeling Stressful
January 9, 2000
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I'm feeling extremely pressurized right now. I can't even sleep and concentrate in my work ...

I know why I got such kind of feeling actually. It's because I need to go for my teaching practice very soon. Well, last teaching practice was a nightmare for me. Last time, I couldn't really manage the students and couldn;t eat and sleep. (May be I got stage fright, rather serious)Whenever I remembered the painful expereinces ... i started to panic....

I tried telling myself to calm down cos it's really a very tiny problem, but it didn't work. I really hate myself for feeling like that.

Thansk for reading, just want to drop a line here.

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January 9, 2000
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Pinky, sorry for the pressure you are feeling.. wish i had some nuggets of wisdom to pass along.. but i dont..
It sounds that you might be very tough on yourself.. could that be why you feel so much pressure? Just a thought.. Please do take good care of yourself...
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January 10, 2000
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Pinky,

Can you tell us why you are feeling the pressure? Do you like what you do? In everyones life we are challenged in one way or another. This maybe a learning experience. The only thing at this time that I could suggest is: take your time, take a deep breath as it tends to slow your adrenalin level down. Take 3 deep breaths and slowly release when you feel the panick set in. What is it that you are afraid of. Ask your self, what is the worst thing that could happen. We are all humans and do make mistakes. That is how we learn. Take some time for yourself and think of what things are making you stressed out and try to relax. Things will get better. Lets us know how you are doing.
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January 10, 2000
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Pinky, dont't pressure yourself to think that something is a "tiny problem" when it isn't. I did that for some time and it is like running against a brick wall and telling oneself "it can't be there". You should try to sort out what makes this problom so big for you. Is the problem really the problem or is there something else behind it? Can you go around it?
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January 10, 2000
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Dear Hsuzie, cerry & eve and all,

Thanks for your encouragement!!

I've thought for a long time the reasons I felt pressurized. I got the answers (but not too sure!). Probablly, I care how people (the students in this case) see me, theie comments about me ... I told myself that I couldn't make any serious mistakes in the first few lessons in order to gain their trust in me (my ability), as a student teacher...... I know that all these are irrational thoughts ... but ..

Also, I got very serious stage-fright. Even when I do presentations in front of a small group of people, I shaked! But, I choose to teach ...

And I started to doubt whether teaching is a suitable career for me ...

Need to stop here, talk later 🙂

Regards,
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January 10, 2000
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Dear Hsuzie, cerry & eve and all,

Thanks for your encouragement!!

I've thought for a long time the reasons I felt pressurized. I got the answers (but not too sure!). Probablly, I care how people (the students in this case) see me, theie comments about me ... I told myself that I couldn't make any serious mistakes in the first few lessons in order to gain their trust in me (my ability), as a student teacher...... I know that all these are irrational thoughts ... but ..

Also, I got very serious stage-fright. Even when I do presentations in front of a small group of people, I shaked! But, I choose to teach ...

And I started to doubt whether teaching is a suitable career for me ...

Need to stop here, talk later 🙂

Regards,
Pinky

January 10, 2000
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Hi Pinky,
I can relate very well to that scary feeling when you do presentations. I have the same, and like you I feel this pressure when I find myself in an „expert“ position. But do you also remember how good it feels when you did it? First: it’s over! Second: it wasn’t that bad, you came out alive, didn’t you? Third: it’s really one of the last adventures on this planet, other people pay a lot of money to do adventure tours :-). I try to focus on the good feelings that I had and I tell myself, that usually the experts that I admired most were the ones who were not so sure, not so smug, and open to questions. What I’m trying to tell you is: I think that feeling insecure can be a pretty good starting point - especially for a teacher. Try to think of some „worst case“ scenarios and what you wold do in that case. E.g. when I do a presentation I usually have a typed manuscript. Normally I don’t need it and I prefer not to read while I present a paper, but if I have to I’ll do just that.

It might help you if you do some acting. We had a drama group at school and what I learned there sometimes still helps me through a presentation. I learned how to put a sentence in a form that makes it easy to digest for the listener. How posture and gestures give little signals that can help to deliver your message. ........ And I learned that the little pixies of stage fright sit just behind your left shoulder. That is the reason why actors throw salt over their left shoulder or spit over each other’s left shoulders - to make them go away and this is supposed to bring luck. Of course we didn’t believe that, but we did it anyway. And tell you what - it worked 😉

January 10, 2000
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Pinky,

I would be the first one to say that I get stage fright. I taught large classes and did think of what the students thought of me. As a teacher we try in many ways to HELP the student learn. That is why they are in your class. If you are unsure of an answer don't lie or cover be honest and tell them at this point I don't have an answer but will get back to you later. But do it. They will respect you. You are not there to be a hard nose but understanding and firm. If I was never afraid to get up infront of the class or perform on stage It would appear that I was too confident. We all are afraid. I will tell you though, the more you stand infront of the class and the more classes you teach WILL get easier for you. You wait, it will get easier. Have confidence. You have the knowledge to teach. Preparing yourself for the class is inportant as it keeps you on track and easier for you to concentrate. You sound like you really care about what you do. I would not give it up. You care too much. YOU WILL ONLY FAIL IF YOU DON'T HONESTY TRY.
I won't wish you luck as you don't need it. I think you already know that.
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January 12, 2000
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Pinky,
I agree with what Cerry said. It will get easier, whether it seems like it or not. You have to remember what it's like to be a student. They expect you to know ALOT more than they do, and they really don't know if you get confused or misspeak, they just go along with it. You are so far ahead of them that whatever you say they will generally accept. There are always a few very bright ones who may question what you say, but if you can't answer truthfully, ask them to meet you after class or say that you'll have the answer the next day. And find out the answer! Don't let them intimidate you. If someone acts up, deal with it as you have seen your teachers do. Don't take it personally, because they don't know you personally, and try to realize that they may be testing you. If you are tough at the start, they will respect you. Don't be afraid to make an example of someone or embarrass them a little. Let them know who is in charge, and talk to troublesome ones one-on-one if necessary. I guess my main point is that you are the boss and should remember and even enjoy that position. You will in time.
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January 14, 2000
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Thanks all!!

yes, I need to learn a lot in teaching, especially in managing the students.

U know, yesterday, I received my reflective journals back. my supervisors wrote to me that I'm a little bit too harsh to myself in his comment. I've been recieving similar comments since my junior high... Yes, I push myself too much somtimes... I htink i really need to let go and appreciate myself more .. learning to do so ....

2 days later will be the start of my teaching practice ,,,, tell u more about that later ..

Regards,
Pinky

January 14, 2000
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Hi Pinky,

good luck with your students! And: I think that it is a good thing, when you try hard to be as good as possible, that's a good way to achieve things. But when you push yourself too hard, you don't achieve, you just give yourself a hard time.

When I notice I'm doing it again (pushing myself too hard is one of my favorites) I try to give myself a break and "celebrate that break". So I really sit down, treat myself to a cup of tea and think of a lot of good things. Take care

January 20, 2000
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my moods goes up and down after i've started my teaching practice ,,,, really don;t know how to handle the emotion...

January 20, 2000
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Hi Pinky,

Sorry to hear what your going through.
What's the worst thing that could happen? Visualize it, think about it. Then see how you feel about it.

Is it so bad?

This sometimes works for me.

Good luck!

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