Relaxing to learn
Sometimes we get so caught up in the work being done and how much is left to do that we can lose the pure joy of the moment and even forget that we enjoy that which we are currently struggling!
Fortunately, bringing ourselves and our learners back to the moment is not difficult. It is simply a matter of refocusing our attention, not on the words ahead but on the current word.
If the learner needs to relax and gain some “peace of mind,” so as to let go of the frustration and better focus, here is a simple relaxation technique using the breath and requiring no additional equipment:
One way to help learners appreciate their progress is to keep a sort of scrapbook or record of their work. Showing a learner what he or she struggled with at a certain point in the past and can now read easily can demonstrate that real progress is being made. Looking at this record could promote feelings of accomplishment and positive self-esteem.
- Breath in through the nose to the count of four.
- Hold your breath for eight counts.
- Breathe out through your mouth to the count of seven.
- Repeat this technique three times.