It was a trap
When subbing recently I was
reading these questions to this little boy and I found myself changing the tone
of my voice when I read a correct answer. When I noticed he was waiting for me
to give him the next cue I felt pretty dumb. Failure is how we learn. I mean
everyone, not just students. Sometimes we learn more by observing where the
students aren’t making connections. Constantly preventing them from falling so
to speak won’t keep them from ever scrapping their knees. The point is to
create the curiosity to find the answer. Frustration can be redirected but
giving the answer for fear that a student might give up is ludicrous. Making sure
that students understand that these things happen, we all fail is essential.
This is a part of the trusting atmosphere that I will need to create. I won’t
leave anyone behind who is having trouble; little strides towards the goal with
positive reinforcement will go a long way!
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