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Posted on February 21, 2015 2:54 am
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eLutuP
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Too nervous to work
I have a student who get very nervous while working on his assignments. He starts day dreaming and when told to concentrate and do his work he fumbles with his pencil and second guesses himself often. I feel like he is afraid to be wrong and gets nervous because of it. How can I help him relax and trust himself?
 
     
     
 
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Posted February 22, 2015 5:41 pm

ugeBeS
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I would consistently remind the student that it is okay to get questions wrong, because this is how we learn. When a question in answered incorrectly, take that anxiety and turn it into motivation to remember the correct answer and be able to get the question correct in the future.
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neHaGy
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I would exactly do this
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 6:38 pm

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Solution 2
Posted March 2, 2015 1:43 am

Rachel Antis
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The student most likely gets extremely nervous because he has a high affective filter. It is extremely important that the classroom is a comfortable environment and mistakes are normal and okay. Perhaps have him work with another student who speaks the same language as him, assuming that he is an ESOL student, and see if this helps him be more comfortable when he is working.
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neHaGy
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I would exactly do this
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 6:39 pm

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Solution 3
Posted March 15, 2015 2:14 pm

dyTuDu
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Sometimes when I write for modeling purposes in front of the whole group, I will go back and revise and edit my work to demonstrate for students that even teachers make mistakes. You could also allow him to peer edit so that he sees the benefit of feedback when given and received, as long as the student you pair him with is positive and patient.
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neHaGy
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I would exactly do this
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Solution 4
Posted October 16, 2015 6:36 pm

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Maybe you can check in with him every few minutes and give him an encouraging comment.
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neHaGy
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good idea
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 6:39 pm

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Solution 5
Posted October 16, 2016 6:30 pm

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Maybe find what helps the student relax and feel comfortable. This could simply be a placement in the classroom, a pillow behind his chair, etc. Let him know that making mistakes is apart of learning and everyone does it. Try seeing if giving rewards for staying on task will help.
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Solution 6
Posted February 21, 2015 5:05 pm

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I have a student who struggles with anxiety. I try to reassure her that she is in a safe environment.
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eQyVuj
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Maybe try pairing him up in small groups. It sounds like he needs to get comfortable in his surroundings before he lets his guard down.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 3:19 am

neHaGy
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good idea
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 6:39 pm

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