Using NLP in a Classroom Setting

Written by Pip Thomas, a Clonlara School guest blogger, (***Clonlara School does not endorse or recommend any product/service in connection with this author***).

Neuro Linguistic Programming, otherwise known as NLP, began life in the 1970s and was created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. NLP aims to help create an understanding of thoughts and behaviour and to teach people powerful tools and skills to enable them to be more in control of their own thoughts, feelings and actions and to make positive changes in their life. The duo claim that NLP can help with a wide range of issues from phobias and bad habits to depression, psychosomatic problems and learning disorders.

There are always new techniques and practices becoming available to teachers as the education system is constantly evolving and NLP is one that is becoming more and more widely used amongst education professionals (for more information see NLP as a skillset for teachers).

We’ve shortlisted the top ways that NLP can be of benefit in a classroom setting…

  1. Improving the effectiveness of the teaching through clear communication and understanding how their language can affect and influence students. Teachers must be able to present clearly and in an easy to understand format for every member of the class. NLP can improve and unlock communication and language skills which can make a huge difference to the classroom environment as if students are being presented to in an understandable and relatable way, they are far more likely to listen and participate encouraging a much more healthy learning environment for all involved. This type of NLP can also be very helpful to students in enabling them to identify the more effective form of study for them, which can be particularly helpful during those stressful exam periods.
  2. NLP can help teachers deal with challenging behaviour from students and relieve any difficult classroom situations they may face. Trying to deal with unruly students can take up an awful lot of precious teaching time and not only damage the education of the badly behaved student, but also disrupt the whole teaching environment for all the students. NLP can ensure teachers are better equipped to deal with these types of situations and gives them the resources and tools to take control during testing times and address and eradicate poor disruptive behaviour.
  3. Finding a learning style that suits the student is a key part of good education. There are many different styles of learning and teachers need to be flexible, rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach, in order to meet the needs of each individual member of the class. NLP can assist teachers by helping them to identify the best learning styles for their students and understanding how to apply these in the best way.
  4. NLP can be key in helping teachers to learn and understand classroom management tools needed to run a happier and more effective learning environment for their students. This often involves building teachers’ confidence, which can often drop in challenging situations and when they don’t feel in control of the classroom, by building on and growing their leadership and management skills. Part of good classroom management involves being able to engage and build rapport with pupils so as to build a trusting and supportive learning environment, which will help to build students’ confidence and attitude to education.

NLP is a fantastic tool which can be applied to a range of life situations and, as you can see from the above list, can be very helpful in a classroom environment – not just for the teachers in charge of the classroom, but for the students too.

Author Bio:  Pip Thomas is an entrepreneur and award-winning businesswoman who founded Edge NLP in 2009.