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Do you think, teachers who can't accept emotions (mindfulness) like fear and shame cause serious problems by their own?
When we are not cooperating with colleges because we fear of showing failing or
that we are not authentic in front of children for fear of ridicule.
It is not easy to define the idea of fear and shame. But are these serious emotion that cause a lot of constraints and malaises?
When teachers are ill or not self-confident, they can not (re)act professionally and spontaneously.
When we are too afraid of ambiguity and uncertainty we may become withdrawn or aggressive in certain moments.
Maybe we are not open for variety of characters or exceptional situations because these situations are beyond our control.
We risk to loose our authenticity and we risk to harm ourselves and the children we teach. Fear is human, that means it can be of use - either positive or negative.
Mindfulness is maybe the way to handle it well and to avoid the harm of children and ourselves.
What do you think?
Have you ever thought about fear and shame?
Do you think it constrains you?
Is fear and shame a serious issue or not really a main problem in the day life of a teacher?
Do teachers talk about their feelings (like fear and shame), if not, should they?
... I would be very curious of your honest and self-critical thoughts. thx