Focusing On Possibility, Not Impossibility
Is it just me, or do schools attract some really interesting people? I say “interesting,” but for a moment, allow your mind to drift to other words that might feel a bit more mean, yet at the same time, more accurate.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? While in the classroom, I had quite a few co-workers in the less-than-super-colleague category: individuals such as The Big White Guitar, The Bacon Hunter, The Fanny Pack and Ms. Cocktails Before Noon. (Click and then prepare yourselves. Oh yes, it went down.) I think it goes without saying that at times, I was guilty of taking a deficit mindset when it came to my colleagues. There was a lot of “of course she can’ts” and “why bother asking hims” and “she would never be able tos” and, well, some eye rolling. So much eye rolling.
So yes, maybe I can be a bit harsh when it comes to judging my colleagues but if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…
But what drives me insane is teachers who carry that same type of deficit oriented thinking into their actual work with students.
Ugh. Who’s with me?
Boggling, when you come to think of it. Why there are teachers who demotivate students. To begin with, I think teachers should have a solid sense of confidence in themselves and what they do so that they can render effective motivation to their students. One has to be confident in order to relay confidence. Thanks for a great post!