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  •  Good call. (0+ / 0-)

    This diary is just an apologist's view for not being a very good, or proactive teacher.

    Teachers who have the fortitude to demand performance and learning via good lessons, interesting and challenging curricula and a host of student-centered strategies usually takes care of the motivation thing.  Nobody can account for the 10%, or so who are absolutely conditioned to not learn by frightfully dysfunctional homes.

    Good to see your stuff again.

    "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

    by dolfin66 on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 12:16:37 PM PST

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    •  Not sure what you mean. (1+ / 0-)
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      I was a very proactive teacher, and I demanded performance and learning in all the ways you suggested and more. That was the problem; I was only able to be effective as a teacher by demanding performance and learning, but I was in a couple of places where I was literally not allowed to do that. Where I was only allowed to teach certain things in certain ways, and where I was only allowed to shower praise on the students and not expect anything more from them than they were willing to give. I was forbidden from using the "interesting and challenging curricula and a host of student-centered strategies" you vaguely advocate.

      What possible good can come from telling a teacher, "You are forbidden to do what you do best." ?

      •  None (0+ / 0-)

        Where were you teaching?  Iran?

        "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

        by dolfin66 on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 12:36:40 PM PST

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