I’ve encountered many children over the years I’ve spent teaching. Recently, their pushy, over-protective, downright isolatory parents have instilled in the majority of them a sense of fear. They’re terrified of everything.
Have to leave your mummy to come to class? Cry a lot and she’ll come running in and remove you from the teacher’s obviously awful class. Got a cut knee? Feel free to not come into class, it doesn’t matter if the teacher has been up all night sewing your exam costume. Want to go on holiday? Of course, go, and make sure you don’t tell your teacher personally. She’ll be thrilled to hear it second hand from another parent, on the day before the exam.
I am so in agreement with this article, I cannot reiterate it enough. The children I teach won’t try to learn an exercise for fear that they will get it wrong. A correction is seen as a criticism- I’m trying to help your child. Would you prefer me to leave her doing the step wrong to save your injured pride?
I am trying to help your kid. I want him or her to do well. I want her to take risks, fall over, learn to laugh at mistakes, because it’s good for a kid’s mental and physical health to run the risk of… Anything!! Everything!
Children love to learn by risking things. They like to see what it’s like to experience adrenaline. They actually enjoy seeing how much they can push themselves!
Please, share the hell out of the article below. It’s amazing.