Monday, January 14, 2008

Great Teachers--Fake it.

"Even the best teachers may not like all their students--but they act as if they do." And so Whitaker takes on another aspect of what great teachers do differently from the rest of us. His seventh chapter lays the groundwork for improving the amount and quality of praise towards our students.
Praising my students is an area I need to improve on. It isn't that I don't praise; it is that I don't praise the little things. As an adult, it is easy to forget that sometimes the little things deserve praise. Like when Johnny brings a pencil to class. I don't think that is deserving of praise, but for Johnny, it is worth noting.


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