(BLOG 35) Negativity
One of the biggest enemies of learning is negativity. Sure, sometimes the negativity comes from the students and teachers have very little control over that. What they can control is the negativity that they themselves bring to the table.
It’s not unusual for an adult to become frustrated, especially under the demanding circumstances of teaching. Unfortunately, young people cannot withstand negativity. It kills their curiosity; it destroys the culture of learning. A moment of negativity is one thing…a habit is a completely different (and more problematic) story.
There are teachers who have developed the habit of negative, sarcastic comments to students. These teachers are not evil people, just folks who have forgotten their purpose of the positive human development of young people. As the school year begins, it’s vital for educators to take a close look at the way they operate with their students.
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