Author: Lyndsey M. Published on: Dec. 12, 2018 Expected Reading Time: 4 mins
As a teacher, there is an expectation that you will have confidence and make your students feel at ease. Sometimes this comes naturally and sometimes it takes time to achieve it. Although it takes some level of confidence to be able to teach, many teachers will give an impression of oozing self-assurance, even though they might not be feeling it themselves.
Online teaching is a great way to enjoy all the benefits of teaching and helping others, without having to go anywhere and you don’t need an online teaching credential to get started. These are some ways in which online teaching can help you to grow and prosper.
Variety is the Spice
As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life and this is certainly true when it comes to online teaching. Teachers are constantly conjuring up new ways to engage their students and this variety can help you to break through barriers and step outside your comfort zone. The ability to step out your comfort zone is one of the most important ways to develop self-esteem. If you keep doing the same thing day in and day out, you will never expand your horizons, which will affect your ability to grow.
Meet Different People
One of the best steps for building up your confidence is having the ability to deal with a range of personalities. If you work in a school, you will usually teach the same class, which also has its benefits, but with online teaching, you will often be teaching students in China and even further afield! This gives you the opportunity to understand different cultures and it can be a great way to improve your self-development. The ability to deal with a range of people and cultures can stand you in great stead for future interactions and help you to develop different teaching strategies which suit your students.
Increase Communication Skills
The more you communicate, the greater the assurance you will have about yourself. Effective communication can help to build relationships and a rapport with students. No matter what your confidence levels are when you start online teaching, they will continue to develop as your communication skills are enhanced.
Changing Body Language
As you progress with your online teaching, your body language will change. You will learn about the importance of eye contact, smiling and speaking slowly, which will help you appear confident, which in turn, will make you feel more confident. If you feel good and come across well, you will have much more faith in your own abilities.
Helping Other People
When you enter the teaching profession, you are stepping into a world which is no longer just about you, it is about someone else. Your attention needs to be firmly set on helping someone else and this can remove a lot of the negative thoughts which may play on your mind. You will be so focused on helping other people that you won’t have time to consider yourself and your insecurities.
How many jobs do you get the feeling that you are truly appreciated? Not very many. With online teaching jobs, you will be sure to receive appreciation from your students, as you help them to learn and develop. We all like to hear compliments now and then, it makes it all worthwhile. This job satisfaction will do wonders for your self-confidence.
Focusing on Strengths
Teaching online forces you to focus on your strengths, whether it be in a particular subject, your tech-savvy skills or communication styles. You will soon become a master in your subject and the feeling of achieving excellence can really help to improve self-esteem.
If you are embarking on an online teaching career, you need to have the ability to set goals. Setting goals in teaching are important to ensure you achieve what you want from each lesson. Goal setting is an integral part of the daily schedule for all leaders within the US and should be incorporated into your lesson plans.
Gain New Friends
Many teachers end up becoming friends with their students and other online teachers. The better your relationships are, the more comfortable you will feel in yourself. Online teachers tend to have a great support network around them, which is one of the most appealing aspects of it.
With online teaching practices, you become aware of your presence, how you speak and your body language. This act of mindfulness is known to have positive effects on both the mind and body, which can help aid self-confidence. The more mindful you are during your practices, the better you will feel overall.
As an online teacher, you need to be positive, otherwise, your students are unlikely to enjoy their lessons. You will want your students to get the most out of the practice, which is why you always need to smile, always give off positive energy and stay happy. The more you do this, the more natural it will become, and you will feel overall happier and more confident in yourself.
We can’t expect to be confident about everything we do but it is crucial that you make an effort to show your students that they can learn and they will learn. How can you expect to build up their confidence if you are lacking it yourself?