Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Honorable Mention: Bad Teaching


"Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more."
~Bob Talbert

A good driver pays attention to their dashboard. As an early childhood education my personal dashboard are the faces of the preschool children. I can tell if they are interested by their looks, gestures…some will even lie down and go to sleep. I have learned that active participation is the key to success when there are times when there are mainly teacher directed activities. I have seen kids ‘shhh’ed when they say things like:
“Are we done yet?”
“This is boring.”
“Do we have to?”
“I have to go to the bathroom.”
Oh…there’s more…I’m sure we can think of a few more.
Kids really do deserve our best. I don’t know any good teacher that excuses a child’s bad manners without trying to get to the bottom of it.
Bad teaching = no excuse.

2 comments:

VKT said...

I couldn't agree more Barbara! Well said!

Barbra Stephens said...

Poor Kids. I like that movie. It really did catch the essence of what a teacher it's like for a student when he/she over rides his students. I have been on both ends of the...I wouldn't even want to call it a spectrum-not a happy rainbow. I've worked at UCLA and we were video taped and watched through a one-way mirror. Believe me, you learn quick!