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If you’re looking for ways to decrease student anxiety during COVID lockdowns and post COVID, this Unleash Learning TV episode is for you.

In this episode I’ll share with you the positive ritual you can enact that can help decrease student anxiety AND help make learning stick for everyone.

Did you know that Unleash Learning has its own podcast? We record all our sessions so you can tune in when it suits you.

You’ll learn:

1. The ONE action to take at the start of every lesson that helps lower student anxiety.
2. Specific ways you can do this now.
3. How to use this action to lower anxiety AND make learning stick.

This is something you can use in a COVID and post COVID teaching world.

Dr. William DeJean!



What do you do or your team do, to help decrease student anxiety?

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  • Dianne Gibbs-Jones says:

    The one action that I do each lesson to decrease student anxiety is to greet students at the door and say “Hello, welcome to my class.” I try to use as many names as possible as the students stream through the door. I also try to use eye contact with each student although this isn’t always possible. Giving students a smile on the way in also helps them to feel welcome and a part of the class. If I know something about an individual student I make sure to make a personal comment that is non-threatening. This might be “How did you go with your netball trials?” or “Happy birthday!” Anything to help them to feel that I know them as an individual.

    • William DeJean says:

      Another amazing response from you Dianne. We’ve done an episode on the impact meeting students at the door has and your response shows it once again! Plus, everything else you do. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

  • Leonie Francis says:

    To help reduce anxiety in our learners we ‘check in’ with them before class starts, have an informal chat etc so we can help them prepare for learning and possibly identify how they’re feeling, where they’re at. I’ve found this to be useful in building relationships with our learners. An informal chat at the end of the session, giving some positive feedback on something they did in class also adds value.

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