2 thoughts on “Open Query #74

  • February 6, 2011 at 1:14 am
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    I tell them not to work ahead until we’ve covered the material, but some students keep doing it anyway. When I casually tell them whether they did it right, then everyone else wants me to check theirs, too. Is this desire for attention limited to first and second grade?

  • February 12, 2011 at 8:34 am
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    First Thoughts from a Novice Teacher:

    In one sense, teaching a student to work for themselves seems slightly backwards. I don’t know if its something you can teach as much as its something you can help prompt from the student.

    1. Pray hard.
    2. Give them a real good reason to care.
    3. Casually provide ideas of methods they can use.
    4. Prompt by example.

    1, I’ve really been struck, more than usual, by the distict importance of a prayerful pedagogy.

    2, Pretty basic. If they don’t have a reason to care, most won’t. There are a few who just want to impress you. In which case they have a reason to care, it’s just a bad one, because they’re working for them by working for you.

    3, I wonder if some students don’t even realize they can work for themselves, or maybe it was just me. I remember when I overheard you suggest to another student in WV class, “You should write a paper on it!”, and I suddenly realized that I could write unassigned papers. Quite the “duh” moment. But some might not even know what it looks like to work for yourself, in which case it’s more a problem of ignorance than indolence. Just a thought.

    4, Emulation is most often the easiest way to grow.

    In the end, though, each student is a new experience.

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