This article first appeared in the February 2015 Edition of UKEdMagazine, which you can freely read online by Clicking Here
Have you woken up in a bad mood, convinced that your day will be terrible and that nothing can improve it to find that, despite your insistence on misery, you end up smiling when you really don’t want to? I think we all have. This is because positivity is contagious. Consider this in every class you teach. Smile, laugh, encourage and be in a good mood (yes I am aware that on occasion you may have to fake it a little).
Students respond, as all humans do, to their surroundings. If you come into a classroom with the weight of the world on your shoulders then EVERY student in there will pick up on that. You will soon bring them down. Go in happy and smiling, good moods are as contagious in the classroom as they are everywhere else. Smile and the class smiles with you!
Mandi Miles @mandmiles is a GCSE Lecturer, Hampshire, UK.