Become a positive and encouraging classroom practitioner!
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope~ Winston Churchill
When it comes to using a single word, often you only get one chance. Martin Luther King used the word “Dream” but he did it with passion and fervor and transferred those feelings into the citizens of the world. He inspired his listeners and thus changed not only Americans but the world.
Whether it’s movies such as Frozen, Titanic and Gladiator, songs such as Thriller, Roar and Jump, novels such as Hunger, Requiem and Kidnapped or games such as Minecraft, a single word can change our industry. These songs, movies and games are easy to remember because they are, as Churchill suggested, simple single words.
I wonder if you have ever realised that every time you talk, you actually make a myriad of choices! Being a great teacher involves actively thinking about how you instruct your students and what their experience of learning will be. The best teachers are capable of maximising the learning potential of every student in their class.
Throughout history, we have seen men and women use words such as justice, honour and freedom, to inspire the masses and change the course of history. One word from President Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Warren Buffet, Coco Chanel, Ghandi and even Mother Teresa were enough to inspire a better tomorrow. Your students are not so different.
When chatting with your students you are often in the ‘lead’ position where you can initiate the types of subjects you would like to talk about and what points you would like the student to focus on.
Choose to be positive. Choose to specialise in encouraging words, not in critical comments. Encouragement goes straight to the heart so plan to use encouraging words. Then follow through and encourage all your students daily. The students who need encouragement the most, are often the least likely to receive it. It doesn’t have to be a big deal on your part as the teacher, just choose to focus on the positive.
Sometimes just one word says it all!
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