It’s not a defect in character that makes the student make the same mistake, and it’s not a defect in your character that causes you to be frustrated. It’s that you haven’t found a salient way to help the student see, understand, and catch the problem.
The effective confidant will help you to find your sense of humor and prop you up a little when you need it – and is ready to assess solutions and interventions. If your rapport is strong, s/he will know when you need a little “tough love,” and when it’s time for that, will offer it like a cool drink from a garden hose. Not a firehose.
This post was originally featured on Thought Partners, a blog for educators, hosted by the excellent classroom behavior management app, classdojo. You always remember your first: your first car, your first kiss. This is called the primacy effect, and it’s the reason why I remember the first thing we learned, on my very first day of my educator […]
Design thinking: empathy for the context of a problem + creativity in the generation of insights and solutions + and rationality in analyzing and fitting various solutions to the problem context. (Wikipedia: Design Thinking) The last 3 months of class combined Design Thinking with Compassionate Listening — see the story, in comic form, below. Real […]
Picture it: You ask a question; on a good day, hands raise. Three or four students speak in turn. You rephrase or echo the students’ ideas. If the class is enthusiastic, there is jockeying for attention, hands waving wildly. If the class is lethargic, you cajole for more hands. You get an answer or two and move on. Was the discussion successful? […]
The Outdoor Bazaar: The Best Outdoor Activity of All Time Well, maybe not the best of all time. Maybe simply the best I’ve ever designed (in this case, co-designed with a talented outdoor educator, an alumna – a former student, in fact — Maria Lipkina). Below, you’ll find 1. The story of the creation of […]
“Design Thinking” is at once delightfully simple and deliciously complex. Simple: rather than learn by reading or writing, students learn by complaining, dreaming, planning, researching, prototyping, pitching, critiquing, revising, and reflecting. Complex: exactly. Each of these phases is its own world of inquiry, practice, and expertise. What I love about Design Thinking is that while […]
When you enter a classroom to teach, the students aren’t the only ones watching. I’m not talking about the principal, watching through the window, making a skeptical face and then jotting something on her clipboard – although that sounds horrible, and I’m sorry if Ms. Fictional-Principal makes these rounds to your classroom. The other person watching is, […]
This article, formerly published in a newsletter for RAVSAK (a Jewish Education consortium), introduces the Quality of Life Wheel, a tool I’ve developed for teaching skills to help students become reflective, articulate, and compassionate about both the hardships and the joys of life. * * * Three questions guide me as I design and plan […]
For years, I struggled with these three conundrums: it turns out they have the same simple solution. Homework Accountability Class Participation Grade Everything Else CONUNDRUM 1: Homework Accountability Scenario: “Madison and Maximillian” come to class without their homework. Let’s say the homework is a series of questions designed to prep the students for discussion. To […]