NLP as a skill set for teachers

Having had the pleasure of working alongside a number of education professionals as well as students it has become clear that no matter what class you teach, you will certainly have a range of different students. All with different learning behaviours and it is essential that you get the best out of your students, which is where NLP for teachers can become a great skillset to have.

There are many studies these days that can emphasize the benefit of developing teacher€™s skills.  The most important areas shown in many of these studies are engagement and interaction skills, questioning and teacher€™s expectations.

NLP offers teachers a great way of being able to naturally bring these skills into their classrooms, and improve the classroom experience for all students.

NLP for Teachers in Government Learning Programmes

NLP is a fairly new development in the classroom. A few years ago, it was almost unheard of, but now, due to the development of NLP in some government learning programmes, this is becoming more common, and the belief is now that NLP in learning can make an important contribution to areas of school leadership and personalisation in schools as well as the effectiveness of learning.

The NLP toolkit has many applications in education, one of the most important of which is language. Being aware of the power of your language is key, both as a teacher and a student. The subtlest of changes in the use of certain words, phrase and tone of voice can vastly change the outcome. One technique, which is great for teachers to have, is the idea of presupposition. A presupposition is an unsaid instruction, meaning, or information in a sentence or phrase. For example, if a teacher was to say to a class.

€œNow, or in a minute you can think of someone special to you€

The class would be more likely to follow this instruction as the first part of the sentence €œsupposes€ that they are going to follow the instruction either way.  It is a way of giving choice to students, but ending up with the same outcome. Choice is a good motivator, and can be used in another way to ensure work in class gets done. For example, if you have both a graph and a pie chart to be done, you might say:

€œWould you prefer to start with the graph or the pie chart first€?

This implies that both will have to be completed, whilst giving the student some choice into the way they do it.

Hopefully, you will now have some idea of how NLP as a skill set for teachers is both valuable and important to educational professionals, and can be applied in a classroom to good effect. However, there are many other methods of using this skill set as a teacher, as an NLP Practitioner you will have an array of tools at your figure tips.

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