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The Teacher Concerning a teacher’s influence, I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a
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Concerning a teacher’s influence, I have come to the
frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in
the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the
climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a
teacher, I possess tremendous power to make a child’s life
miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an
instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt
or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides
whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a
child humanized or dehumanized.
There is nothing so unjust as treating unequals as though they were equal.
finishers attempt [those] the
enrichment and going further activities
at the end of the chapter. Looking
back, I realize that …
education goes by the name of cooperative (or
collaborative) learning and has children working in pairs
or small groups. An impressive collection of studies has
shown that participation in well-functioning cooperative
groups leads students to feel more positive about
themselves, about each other, and about the subject
they’re studying. Students also learn more effectively on a
variety of measures when they can learn with each other
instead of against each other or apart from each other.
Cooperative learning works with kindergartners and
graduate students, with students who struggle to
understand and students who pick things up instantly; it
works for math and science, language skills and social
studies, fine arts and foreign languages.
- Alfie Kohn
If you want to be exponentially better:
A Learning Space needs to be hospitable not to make learning painless, but to make the painful things possible…things like exposing ignorance, testing tentative hypotheses, challenging false or partial information, and mutual criticism of thought. [None of these] can happen in an atmosphere where people feel threatened or judged.
- Parker J. Palmer