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Patience in the Classroom

on June 9, 2013

Patience. It’s a word we would never bother looking up in the dictionary because we already understand its meaning. But sometimes a well-known word can leap to life with new meaning and application when we read its formal definition. So consider what Dictionary.com has to say about patience.

Patience: putting up with provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, or pain, with fortitude and calm and without complaint, loss of temper, irritation or the like. It is an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay.

Wow. Simply put, patience means not showing annoyance or anger with people or things that aren’t acting as we desire! From this definition we can deduce that we are very often…. not patient!

This definition leads me to believe that the practice of “patience” or “impatience” relies almost completely on the words that come out of our mouths and the body language that we exhibit (heavy sighs, eye-rolling, stomping, slamming doors) when we do not like what is being said or done. 

Patience is required every day and in every way within any classroom full of youthful minds who will use their ingenuity to test your patience every day and in many ways. Any teacher who assumes that a room full of children will be eager to sit quietly and listen to the teacher teach, will be surprised by the rude awakening that children don’t work that way. Don’t go into teaching unless you’ve been blessed with the ability to patiently keep teaching, even when it appears that no one is listening. You will need to patiently guide the child to where he or she needs to be and find new and improved ways to maintain their attention, not to mention the ability to patiently re-teach.

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7 responses to “Patience in the Classroom

  1. nicoleroeher says:

    I had never really thought about the importance of patience in the classroom until I read this post. I had experienced times in my pre-internship when I needed patience, but never really thought about the extent to which patience is important.

    We as teachers need to display patience every minute of every day, as we are the role models for the children in our classroom and school. Anytime that we lose our patience, we could have a harmful effect on our students. Patience could easily be one of the most important qualities any teacher could have.

  2. Hi Nidhi,

    I do agree that patience is an important characteristic that a teacher must possess. However, I also think that it is also important that you have a passion to work with youth! It is funny, when I think about previous teachers I had, very few of them had high tolerance of patience. Do you think that more patience is needed to work with younger, older, or all ages?

    • nidhi0113 says:

      I think patience is necessary at all ages.

      • Swati says:

        In response to Sandra’s question “Do you think that more patience is needed to work with younger, older, or all ages?”, I would say teaching elementary classes may require more patience because the kids are so young, and they are not aware of so many things that they might find difficult to follow until they are a little older. The most important thing we need to understand is that for these kids impatience is developmentally appropriate behavior. We have to show patience by listening, caring, and tending to the needs of our students. Teaching these kids, at times, may get you to grind your teeth, while answering all their questions (which may sound stupid to you but for them they are all million dollar questions), and at time framing an answer in a way which might not put negative influence on them. So I guess with patience things work out fine!

      • nidhi0113 says:

        Thanks Swati for sharing your views.

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