Health Care is part of Phase I of Project Do Better (fka the Four Freedoms movement). Emotional health care and communication as part of that are vital ingredients in any class room. I wish I had understood that twenty years ago:
Let’s start with how Not to teach non-violently:
“If you don’t learn math, you won’t get a job!” -This was my reply to a student in one of my high school classes in 2001 who asked “Why do we have to learn this stuff?” Predictably, my reply did not go over well. At the time (15 years ago, Really??) I (think) I felt fed up with the kids lack of motivation, and they felt it. They even told me so. Problem is, that turned into a vicious cycle of me against most of my kids, rather than us cooperating as that community of learners I had imagined.
If I had known that my (un-intentional) seeking of validation from my work of teaching, and that essentially blaming my students for their learning difficulties was the source of my difficulty in teaching them, I might have been able to help them more, using Non-Violent Communication techniques, and SuperNanny classroom management, which I didn’t learn about until some years later.
Hope this helps others,
Read, Write, Dream, Teach !
15 March, 12016 HE
Action Items in support of literacy and non-violence that you can take right now:
1.) Ponder ways to teach mathematics that you would enjoy.
2.) Share your thoughts on how you would handle conflicts in the classroom, such as math-resistant young people,
4.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, tells a good story, and makes a difference. Once published, please consider donating to your local public library.
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