Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Lovin' and Learnin'
Dad: You do well at school because you have a good teacher.
Daughter: No, I do well because I love my teacher.
After 6 weeks of almost weekly visits to my student teachers and 25 years of observing pre service and in service teachers, I have come to the unshakable conclusion that if you love/admire/respect your teacher, whether you are 6 or 66, you will learn better. Granted, love is not required but respect is, at the very least...
Loving your teacher generally helps motivate you to learn, enjoy being in his/her presence and consequently being more apt to enjoy/want the learning.
My student teachers all worked hard this term not only on their lesson plans but on their relationships with their pupils.
They're gonna be all right.