The life of an educator or a professor is truly fulfilling because you get a chance not only to educate your student but also to transform their lives into something better. However, there are also some challenges that come to the profession. Because of this, it is crucial or imperative on your part to be prepared for whatever may come your way. You cannot just be complacent with what is going on around you. As a teacher for higher learning, you need to have what it takes to adapt to your surroundings.
One of the challenges that you may encounter is dealing with a bipolar student. Take note that this person may have peculiarities that may affect your lectures as well as his classmates. As such, you must continue to make an effort to see to it that you can handle the situation well. Do not fret for there are tons of smart ideas that you can try:
“Bipolar Disorder is a mental health issue where neurological differences can be observed between those who have and do not have this diagnosis.” –Catherine “Katie” Ness, MA, LCPC
Understand The Issue
Do not stress yourself if you know nothing about bipolar disorder. The good news is that there is always something that you can do about it. Do not hesitate to research this mental health issue so that you can educate yourself about it. Keep in mind that the more you know about the sickness, the better it is for the student. You can never deal with him properly if you will not open your mind to understanding what the disorder does to people.
Be More Organized
A person with bipolar disorder has several issues about the way he handles his day-to-day activities. As much as possible, do everything you can to make sure that his life is not a mess at school. All you have to do is to become more organized than ever. If you want to give an assignment or task to the said student, make sure to provide all the necessary details to ensure that he can understand it. At the same time, do not bombard him with tons of to-do’s so that he can learn how to handle his time efficiently.
“It can be hard to feel good if you are surrounded by clutter and disorganization, or if you feel unsafe in your environment.” –Marjie L. Roddick, MA, NCC, LMHC
Encourage Students To Connect
Unfortunately, there is still a clear stigma in our society when it comes to persons with mental health concerns or psychological disorders. Many people tend to shut these individuals away. Your role as a teacher is to encourage your students to connect with one another. Let them know about the benefits of having a close tie with each other. Make them appreciate the value of having real friendships in school. When you do this, the student with bipolar disorder can get more encouragement and assistance from everyone around him. Therefore, he will start to have a better understanding of himself.
Be A Good Listener
Open your door for any student who wants to talk to someone. Never forget to remind every single student in your class that you are willing to listen to whatever they want to share. Be an excellent teacher by knowing how to listen to their problems or issues. Sometimes, all that a bipolar person need is someone they can open up to. Remind yourself that your duty is not only to teach the lessons to the students but also to serve as their second parents. As such, you must protect their interests at all times.
Always make it a top priority to help all your students, especially those who have special needs. Be a hero to the lives of these young individuals. Take note that what you do today can have a positive effect on their future. Be the kind of teacher who knows how to support and care for the students.
“Bring the right people into your life.” –Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D