《Marva Collins' Way》的笔记-Questions From Teachers
- 章节名：Questions From Teachers
- 2019-01-23 19:24:15
Q: What would you say is the key to your success with children?
A: I believe in my children. If a teacher believes her students cannot learn, then her students will not learn. If a teacher believes that children from underprivileged homes cannot achieve very much, then those children will not achieve very much. On the other hand, if you create a positive environment for your students, you will see miraculous things take place. If you tell your students that they are bright, intelligent winners, they will act like bright, intelligent winners.
At Westside Preparatory School, we rinse out the negative brainwashing and replace it with positive reinforcement, consistently telling our pupils that they are unique and special, that they were born to win, that they come from royal blood, and that there is nothing they can't do. We mean it, and because we believe in them, the students come to believe in themselves.
Here are some ways to reinforce your students' belief in themselves.
When a child gets something wrong, don't simply red-mark the paper; take the student aside and help him get it right. Remember, if he knew how to do it correctly, he would have done so in the first place.
Make sure students know that if they can't make mistakes, they can't make anything. Create a positive classroom ambience so that your students know it is more courageous to make a mistake than to play it safe by not responding.
Use the word proofread when going over their writing, rather than merely correcting errors.
Don't be afraid to admit when you are wrong. Students should know that even teachers make mistakes and that no one can have all the answers all the time. Encourage them to proofread what you write on the blackboard.
Protect yourself from any surrounding contaminating negativity. If your fellow teachers have a dim view of their students, stay away from the faculty lounge, where your expectations might be lowered by jaded naysayers.
Q: How do you discipline your students?
A: I believe in discipline. However, I believe that discipline should be instilled with a loving touch, or else it leads to bitterness and resentment, not maturity. Here are some guideposts to developing a disciplined classroom.
Try to prevent discipline problems by making friends with all students and winning their trust. Find something positive to say to every student every day, such as "What nice gym shoes" or "I missed you yesterday." Rather than eat with fellow teachers or staff, sit with your students - either the entire class or with a different child each day.
Offer to help the slower students with their work. It is usually the slow students who create havoc in the classroom and make it difficult for teachers to give the most to other children. Give those slower students extra teaching time after school or before school.
When a pupil misbehaves, instead of having her write punitive lines such as "I will not chew gum in class," have her write a composition or deliver a three-minute speech on the etymology of gum. Additionally, ask the entire class the question "Why aren't you going to misbehave in class?" Then have them respond in unison, "Because I am too bright to waste my time." After you teach them this routine, they will respond properly without being reminded.
When you have to enforce discipline, try to do it in a way that does not just punish, but instructs. For example, if the class ridicules a fellow student who makes a mistake, tell the one who is being derided that he or she is very courageous. Explain that it takes much more courage to speak out and risk being wrong than it does to laugh at other people. If a student does not pay attention, say "I am not here to entertain you. There is a lesson here, and anyone who does not pay attention to these lessons is surely headed for trouble. I love you all the time, even though I may correct you sometimes."
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