Teachers, you may be having a long day but don’t forget: you share it with your students. You are mature enough to understand that bad days end, but some students may not realize this yet. A few words of encouragement may be just what they need to pull through.
1. You’re doing okay. (Okay lang yan.)
Positive reinforcement. Even if they aren’t doing it completely right, it is important that your students do not feel like they are incompetent. Telling them that they’re doing okay can change their whole perspective on the task at hand. But of course, if something can be improved it is best to mention this after, to be able to add to learning.
2. You can do it! (Kaya mo yan!)
A little encouragement never hurt. And you are the best person to both academically discipline and encourage your students. They see you more than they see their parents at times, and your positive role will greatly impact how they see themselves and how they perform in class.
3. How are you? (Kamusta ka naman?)
You may be surprised by the varied responses from your students. Some of them will open up, while others would be more reserved. But all your students need to know is that you are interested: that you value them enough to give them time and attention.
4. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes (Wag ka matakot na magkamali)
Teach them that failure is just one step to success and it’s never a step backward. Mistakes teach us what works and what doesn’t: the important thing is to learn and move forward.
5. I know your name (Kilala kita)
In a room full of other students, it is a great comfort to be known by one’s first name. It establishes a sense of trust and closeness between teacher and student.
6. It’s okay to talk to me (Pwede mo ako kausapin kahit kailan)
Troubled homes and troubled students cannot be avoided. Still, while you cannot solve your student’s personal and family problems, you can still ease his or her burden. Just be there as a caring listener, a shoulder to cry on. Having someone to talk to, someone to give them hope, is a luxury that you can provide your students.
7. You can ask me anything (Pwede mo ako tanungin ng kahit ano)
Remind them that you are willing to listen and understand–whatever their questions may be. They may be experiencing problems outside of school that affect their academic performance, so it is important for them to have a confidant and it would be best if that confidant is you.
8. I have a joke/ story (May joke/ kwento ako)
Establish a non-threatening aura. It is okay to joke with your students and engage them regarding trending things. This says that you are a teacher that can be approached even outside the classroom.
9. Believe in yourself (Maniwala ka sa kaya mo)
It is important to tell your kids that they are capable. Encouraging them is the best way to boost their self-esteem and remind them that they can achieve more than what they think at first.
10. I believe in you (Naniniwala ako sayo)
Of course, you have to back up your talk: show them that you really do believe in them. They have to see and hear it from you. Knowing that you believe in their potential will help them reach out for and fulfill their dreams.
The one key principle to all these pointers? Genuinely care for your students. Your students will know when you truly mean what you say. Just like how PhilLife Financial is sure to have your back when you need it most. You can trust PhilLife to be there for you, just as your students trust that you’ll be there for them.