Friday, March 04, 2005

Good Advice

This is quite possibly the best bit of advice I've heard all year. The author of The Blackboard Jungle. Wrote this in a recent post:

Teach to their potential, not to their performance.


At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That IS good advice.

At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Traci said...

That's what's it's all about. If all we do is teach to their performance, then how much are they really learning? It's all about presenting the challenge and convincing them that they're up to it.

At 4:34 AM, Blogger Jenny D. said...

Who decides what their potential is? When? What if the decision is wrong and someone doesn't get taught everything they could have known?

I think potential is plastic. It's not fixed. TEachers can make it grow.

At 5:21 PM, Blogger Lectrice said...

Thanks, Melissa. I agree with Jenni. I once decided to tell my set two class that they were the top set. It had to most amazing effect upon them, and most are aiming for the top grades now, rather than the C grades a second set is usually expected.

I'm a firm believer in labelling theory. The good thing aobut this job is that we occasionally have the power to rest the label.

At 5:22 PM, Blogger Lectrice said...

Good lord, my typos. (You'd never think I teach English.) My apologies. That should have read 'reset'. :/


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