How To Use Stress In The Classroom To Your Advantage
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It’s not often that stress is thought of as a positive aspect of life. However, there are certain situations where a little bit of stress can be beneficial. There is no doubt that even the most fun English as a Foreign Language classroom can be a stressful place. After all, learning a language is not easy. So why not try to harness that stress in the classroom into something useful.
How can stress in the classroom be positive?
Stress is not always bad. Of course, if there is too much stress in a situation or if we react badly to stress, then it can be negative. As a result of this stress we can feel demotivated, unenthusiastic or even unwilling to learn. On the other hand, if there is too little stress, we may feel unchallenged and bored.
It actually makes more sense to think of the problem not as stress but as challenge. We need challenge to be motivated to do a task but not too much challenge that we feel we can’t do it. As teachers it is up to us to find a balance between the two when it comes to stress in the classroom.
How can we use stress to our advantage in the EFL classroom?
What’s more, it’s been shown that we need a certain level of challenge to make learning more memorable. In other words, the easier something is for us to learn, the less likely we are to remember it. To this end, we should try to make sure the activities in our lessons are pitched at the right level for our students. Make sure your activities are not too easy and not too hard.
Easier said than done! Of course it can be hard to manage this when you have a classroom of 30 different students. To remedy this, for each activity, make sure you have thought of a way to scaffold the activity or to make it more difficult. During the activity you can judge whether you need to give more help to certain students or make it more challenging for others.
At the same time, we need to create a learning environment which our students feel comfortable in. In this way, even if they do feel stress they will still feel happy enough to risk making mistakes. Taking risks in language is one of the ways we learn. Our students need to feel comfortable enough to take risks and make mistakes in order to learn.
This is how stress in the classroom can be used to our advantage. When planning, make sure you have options to make your activities more challenging. During activities don’t give them all the answers immediately, let them struggle for a while to complete the task themselves.
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- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.