Thursday, April 12, 2007
Students always have something to say and they should be heard. So many times I have been in a classroom where a student wants to say something to a teacher but the teacher just does not want to hear it. It is understandable that a student should not be telling a personnal story during a lesson because of the small amount of time, but they should be heard eventually. Also, if the child has something to say that does pertain to the lesson then why not have the student talk? It could be helpful. Students voices matter and should be heard. They are a valuable part of society and cannot be shut out.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Homework is suppose to help children and not stress them out, but this is not always the case. I know that homework can be very hard and sometimes it is intimidating to ask for help, but this only leads to problems. When students do their homework someone is not looking over their shoulder to make sure they are doing the homework correctly. This leads children to do homework incorrectly for days on end, and this does not come in handy on test days. If a student does not know how to do something, doing their homework incorrectly is not helping them. Yes it is good to have the student figure out how to work through certain problems themselves but I know that I feel homework is pointless when I don't know what I am doing. Teachers must make sure homework is beneficial and make sure the students know what they are doing before they teach themselves the wrong things.
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Teachers need to make sure that students have self-confidence! If a student is having trouble in math or having trouble reading a story, do not let the child bring him or herself down. If a child feels they cannot do something, it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Students need to know that they can do anything if they try hard enough. I have seen teachers tell students to not worry about a certain subject because they will never understand it anyway. Those teachers should be fired. Every child has so much potential and a teacher is suppose to unleash this potential not destroy it. Keep this in mind next time a student says they cannot do something.