With preparation for the PLT last week, last week mainly focused around that. While reading through the study materials, i noticed a lot of references back to my idea of caring and being advocates for our students. It is important to get to know our students as people before academics. That can be as simple as starting on the very first day by doing a fun survey about basic interests of your students to start being able to modify the problems and scenarios you present to be more engaging with the students. That alone goes a long way in showing support for our students which is important in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Erikson’s Stages of Development.
I also had several good presentations in my classroom this week and a few things stood out to me. One of the first things that caught my attention is the idea of giving a 60 for students still not turning in an assignment instead of a 0. That is difficult situation to consider because it feels wrong to give a 60 for no work because that could cause the “Give Me Something for Nothing” mindset and that bothers me considering some students may carry that into life with a rude awakening; as for the 0 it does make sense that it can cause a student to just give up and no longer try or will greatly impact the potential grade of the student for maybe one lapse in judgment. I think the second idea kind of gave me clarity is we should strive to be effective teachers, or ones who can convince all to do well. By doing lead teach we can explain the benefits of why they are learning topics and give them choices to help promote choice theory. By doing this we can show students the benefits of working hard and show them we care. Then if that scenario occurs where someone doesn’t do an assignment we can talk to them one-on-one to see why they didn’t do it and show them support on why we believe they can do it and try to get them to finish the assignment for majority credit instead.