《Marva Collins' Way》的笔记-第1页
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That was the kind of determination I learned from him. He was a man of strong values and uncompromising beliefs.
The search for connections between what they read and what they see around them gets the children’s minds clicking for classroom discussion, which is the heart of the lesson.
Eventually, with lots of praise and lots of hugging, his defensiveness would melt. The only thing all children finally wanted was the chance to be accepted for themselves, to feel some self worth. Once they felt it, children became addicted to learning, and they had the desire to learn forever.
A child who doesn’t know how to read can’t do anything. But children do not learn to read by osmosis. It required work——hard boring work without any shortcuts.
As the weeks passed, Gary found it difficult to remain hostile. No matter how many times he shouted to me, “I hate you and I’m not going to do the damn work,” I always answered, “I love you all the time, even when you behave like this.”
My approach is to address a fault without even attacking a child’s character. Who they were was always separate and distinct from what they did. The gum chewing was displeasing, not the child. I might tell a child, “You are acting like a fool. Why? You are not a fool.” With that difference clearly established, the children could open themselves to my comments and criticisms. A child could give up the behavior without giving up any dignity or self-worth.
Without education, man is a slave, a savage wandering from here to there believing whatever he is told.
Children do not need to read stories that teach “street smarts.” They learn enough on their own. What they need are character-building stories. They need to read for values, morality, and universal truths. That was my reason for teaching classical literature.
If he liked himself, if he had self-respect, he would not have had to prove anything, would he?
Words are ideas. They make up thoughts. If our words are limited, our thoughts are limited.
How many children are discouraged from pursuing an education because teachers have taken it upon themselves to judge who can achieve and who cannot? I wasn’t there to judge my students. My job as a teacher was to get their talents working. And that’s what I tried to do.
I have found that great literature not only teaches students to read but makes them thirsty for more and more knowledge. These books are over the head of the student reader; that is the purpose of reading them. We read to stretch the mind, to seek, to strive, to wonder, and then reread. We discuss the ideas contained in those books with others, and we temper our own thoughts. The great books are great teachers because they demand the attention of the reader. The mundane content of second-rate literature turns students off from reading forever.
We never assign to children what we do not understand ourselves. Never assign children books that you haven’t read.
I wasn’t just passing out candy, rubbing the children’s heads, and telling them how cute they were. I was trying to give them the skills to survive, forever telling them that each person must decide what he or she is going to leave to society for the privilege of living here. It was through the children in my school that I hoped to change the attitude of future generations.
If the other aspects of their lives were in chaos, then it was up to me give my children the stability they needed.
QUESTION: How can I be sure my children learn to read?
ANSWER: Perhaps the most important thing you can do is to set a good example by making sure your children see you read often. In addition, read something to your children every day, no matter how old they are. Even adolescents need and often want you to read with them, or to have them read to you. Reading to, or with, them is a good way to discover their strengths and weaknesses. Follow the reading sessions with questions, such as, “What happened in that story?” and “What do you think will happen next?”
“I already got one,” said the boy with the Superman shirt, clowning again.
“Do not say ‘I already got one.’ Say ‘I have one.’ But don’t tell me to stop giving you homework. I asked you before would you tell me to stop giving you money? You know, you are a handsome boy. You don’t have to stretch your mouth back like that in a grin. You were born to win, so don’t make yourself a loser.”
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