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How Novice Teachers can Succeed with Adolescents. By Robin L. Gordon. Problems. Novice teachers commonly experience difficulties relating to adolescent culture. Cultural distance between teacher and student can create insurmountable problems in the learning environment.

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problems
Problems

Novice teachers commonly experience difficulties relating to adolescent culture.

Cultural distance between teacher and student can create insurmountable problems in the learning environment.

Personal differences can inhibit the transmission of academic material.

solutions
Solutions

Two teaching behaviors can improve student-teacher relations:

  • Social Insight
  • “Withitness”
social insight general information
Social Insight: general information
  • Waller: “an elusive something which it is difficult to put between the covers of a book or to work into a lecture”
  • Definition: an understanding of what is taking place in a classroom
  • In order to achieve social insight, a teacher must have an understanding of both student culture and behavior
student culture can include
Student “Culture” can include:
  • Language
  • Nonverbal communication
  • World view
  • Behavioral style
  • Values
  • Methods of reasoning
  • Cultural and ethnic identification
student culture may be expressed in
Student “Culture” may be expressed in:
  • Speech patterns
  • Music
  • Styles of dress
  • Favorite movies
  • Preferred places for recreation
benefits of social insight
Benefits of Social Insight
  • Increased cooperation between teacher and student
  • Better classroom management
  • More appealing lessons designed for students
  • Less difficulty capturing attention of students
withitness general information
“Withitness”: general information
  • Kounin identifies two behaviors that communicate how aware the teacher is of the classroom:

1. knowing who caused a disturbance;

2. and being able to handle more than one disturbance at a time.

  • Also regarded as “having eyes in the back of your head”
ways to acquire cultural information
Ways to Acquire Cultural Information
  • Expose yourself to adolescent culture
  • Affirm student “weather”
  • Relate content to students’ outside interests
  • Know your students
  • Share your humanity with your students
conclusion
Conclusion

Novice teachers who understand adolescent culture can be highly successful with their students.

Teachers can transmit content more effectively if they understand the context of their own classroom and students’ lives.