Anger management training for Teachers and Education Professionals
According to a recent Gallup poll (1996) of 1,000 teachers, nearly 25% of those responding to the survey indicated that they got “very angry” in class at least once during the prior three (3) months. Of this same group of teachers, over half of them admitted becoming “so angry” that they “felt like hitting” one or more of their students! Anger is a feeling and when we “feel it”, it makes us want to do something! Hit someone, break something, “throw a fit”, smash our fist into a wall or tell the #X@$&* off! Teachers are human beings too. And naturally, they will get angry with their students from time to time. The “problem” is not anger; the problem is the misuse or mismanagement of anger! Anger is a natural and legitimate emotion. Its function in human behavior is to “alert”(warn) us when it is crucial (and necessary) to act in our own best interest. But, when we don’t know how to “control” it, it controls us and we become consumed by its destructive urges.
And what is making so many teachers “mad” enough to feel like hurting a student? The vast majority of the teachers when questioned cited “negative” classroom behavior (mischief) as the No.1 source of their anger and frustration. For a variety of reasons which Dr. Ingram explores in details in this video workshop, the “traditional” strategies most teachers are still using to make students behaviors conducive to a classroom setting are no longer very effective. Teachers, counselors and other education professionals need to understand that these “problem” students negative and disruptive behavior - such as insubordination, disrespect and so on - exist within the context of anger and the student’s underlying conviction of their own worthlessness (self contempt).
Counselors, teachers and other education professionals cannot intervene and effectively deal with problem students unless they first become competent in securing the emotional cooperation of their students. Teachers and students are not “adversaries” and are on the same side. Unfortunately, an ‘angry” teacher will no longer feel this way and thus, the education “process” breakdowns. Therefore, anger management is critical for both teachers and students in order to achieve the kind of classroom (and school) environment necessary for effective teaching and learning to occur.
Includes a teacher's resource manual. 90 minute DVD.
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