When I watched Laurie Lawrence’s video (link at bottom), a particular part resonated with me:
“Watch as Harper’s body language indicates she really doesn’t want to do this activity. Good teachers should recognise this and change the activity slightly to get the desired results.”
This is the same for teaching and learning in any environment; whether at school or tuition, good teachers and tutors should recognise the body language of their students and provide support as required.
Emotional safety is such an important thing to understand when teaching and learning. In fact, safety is the second level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and is a basic human need. It is something we are always monitoring at Back to Basics Tuition and we make changes when we see a student needs a little more ‘care’ than they usually do.
Some days we need to just suck it up and get on with the task, and some days we need a gentle heart and steady hand to guide us.