How can I be a better teacher to these kinds of students?
August 1, 2011 7:07 PM Subscribe
Were you one of these archetypal students? How did your teachers help you self regulate, control impulses, and overall become more self-aware?
posted by These Birds of a Feather to Education (27 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I am about to embark on student teaching and I am currently placed in a few different classrooms for "immersion" teaching so I can get my feet wet. Thus far I've worked only in kindergarten and third grade classrooms and I love them, but I'm having a hard time conceiving of ways to work with certain types of student behavior, especially at the younger end of elementary school. Rather than pre-suppose some kind of answer based on some of the theoretical hoity-toity stuff I'm learning, I'd love to hear from anyone who self-identifies with these characteristics in regards to what helped you become your best self.
If you were the class know-it-all, how did your teachers help you realize that being a swot wasn't attractive? Did your teachers ever redirect your contributions, or ask you to just stop participating in class? At what age did your know-it-all tendencies curb themselves?
If you were the tattle-tale, in what ways did your teacher help you mind your own business? What motivated you to tattle in the first place?
If you majorly struggled to sit still, stay on task, and follow directions (beyond the usual little kid squirrellyness but stopping short of needing ADHD meds), do you think you had a different learning style or other needs that your teacher wasn't meeting? What kind of classroom environment do you think would have helped you channel your energy into rewarding learning?
If you were painfully shy, even to the point of being nonverbal, did you resent teachers who asked you to participate (ie through "cold calling"), or did you have one teacher whose classroom environment or teaching style helped you feel comfortable enough to participate in class discussions? What are some things that a teacher could do to help a student such as yourself get the most out of their classroom experience AND learn important presentation and discussion skills?
Obviously, I'm employing a little stereotyping myself to define these classroom archetypes as I've encountered them, but I want to understand the motivations of each of these students so I can be a better teacher and foster a classroom environment that works for as many people as possible. I know I was the know it all (still am -- sigh) and I cannot for the life of me think of how I would have wanted someone to help me curb that behavior, but man, I really wish someone had. Ultimately I don't view any of these things as problems -- just things I'm looking into because so much of being a teacher is about getting to know your students, and maybe your answers will help guide any questions I ask of my students to better understand their needs.