Connect to Find Cooperation

It's no secret that I dislike the prevailing system of institutionalized schooling - both public/government and private. My reasons for that are myriad - and are much stronger for government schools than for private endeavors - but one of my biggest beefs with both is the cookie-cutter, assembly line mentality upon which they're built. Such a system treats students as if each is but a cog in a machine - a notion that is, of course, entirely dehumanizing. And that riles me.

However, despite my feelings about the system - including the many adults employed in it who are merely ideologues and "educrats" - I have a great deal of empathy for the individual teachers who serve in those settings with a true desire to make a difference in kids' lives. I lived that life for nine years, so I know from personal experience how hard it is to try pushing back at the tsunami of standardization and bureaucratization in order to do what's right for kids as individuals. And, it's with those folks in mind that I wrote this week's piece for our Celebrate Kids email newsletter, Authentic Hope.

One of the best things such teachers can do is to motivate their students to want to genuinely cooperate in the classroom. And the best way to do that is to connect with each child on an individual, human level. Thus, I shared in my article about one simple technique I used that ended up revolutionizing my students' experiences with me - and, consequently, my experience as a classroom teacher.

I'm not called to the classroom anymore. But I loved that season of my life precisely because I know I made a difference in the lives of many teens - and I credit much of that to the connection-building activity I discovered.

Curious? Read more here.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

I love that every time I feel the slightest bit if discouragement, God places encouragement in my path. Thanks for writing things that jog my memory! :)