On 8/16/16, Bo C wrote:
> On 8/15/16, Zahirah Alee wrote:
>> If students are afraid of making mistakes, it
>> basically means that they are afraid of learning something
>> new, will stick to rigid routines and would rather prefer
>> teacher to spoon-feed that 'answers'. Thus, their higher
>> order thinking skills, which have a direct correlation with
>> their problem solving and reasoning skills do not get
>> developed effectively.
> I've experienced this same issue when I was teaching in the
> don't want to be the one who messes up, or the one that's
trying too hard. Yet
> I believe that students do have the desire to soak up as much
knowledge as they
> can and to be active participants in the classroom. The hard
part is finding
> the way to bring that passion to the surface and developing a
culture of trust
> among all the students in your classroom.
> One method I used while I was teaching was treating the first
two weeks of
> school as a "getting to know each other" period. Instead of
teaching, I spent
> time talking to my students and fostering conversations about
why we all were
> there. Why is learning important? How will we all interact
with another in a
> respectful way?
> You can read more about my strategy in my blog post!
I agree with this, students need to realise that for the first
half of their course subject, it is all about making mistakes
and learning as much as possible from those mistakes.
A valuable tool I utilise in my classes is when a student makes
a mistake I highlight the mistake to the rest of my class as an
opportunity to learn from it instead of highlighting the
students performance which can lead to the student disengaging
from the lesson altogether.
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