The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires! How would you derive inspiration from your Teacher ?

9 thoughts on “The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires! How would you derive inspiration from your Teacher ?

  1. Every teacher knows that kids love to give their opinions. Opinions end up getting shared whether you’re asking for them or not. Sometimes they’re yelled out in class, and other times they’re shared through assignments. If you’re lucky, they’re on topic, but sometimes they come out of left field.

    Hearing what’s in a student’s head is one of the joys of the job. I love rich discussions. I love them in classroom discourse and online discussion groups. I’ve learned from my students arguably more so than they’ve learned from me.

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  2. Students build opinions based on those around them. They overhear, they are actively taught, and they acquire their opinions by listening to and interacting with the adults in their life. It can be difficult, but our task is to be someone they want to listen to because they trust our objectivity. It’s our job to inspire, not convince.

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  3. a very sweet middle school student gave me her speech on how we should all come together as a country. She presented a perfectly solid argument. Her hook, however, began by slamming those who are struggling with our new leadership. She had focused her attention-getter on a made-up piece of dialogue that was hyperbolic and over-the-top and had a whiny tone. I realized that what we were talking about wasn’t a difference of opinion so much as a lack of empathy, and I focused on how much more sophisticated her argument could be if she would take a more compassionate approach (and tone).

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  4. We’ve all been warned about helping students recognize fake news, but it’s also vital to continue teaching about biased reporting. This kind of news isn’t necessarily fake, but I tell students that in an argument, any argument, if we want to be respected for sophistication, we must find ways to gather evidence through true data, not biased opinions.

    Help students learn to identify the publisher of websites so that they can cite from more objective sources. Help students be more critical of those who counter with opinion, not fact. Help students learn to tell an emotional argument from a logical one, a manipulative strategy from one that is straightforward in its persuasiveness.

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  5. Help students recognize that the other side—no matter what side that is—has a point. Those who disagree with you aren’t crazy. That also means pushing back when kids are aligned with what you believe. Make sure that any student who gives an opinion must not only back it up with fact-based evidence, but also must acknowledge the other side and be able to cite at least one fact-based resource that supports that opposing side.

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  6. A child brought up one way may go through their life collecting facts and opinions from others and, as a result, may come to an entirely different decision by the time they reach adulthood. A child raised as a Democrat may grow up to be a Republican. The president of the Young Republicans might be marching for a more liberal agenda one day. No child’s opinion is set in stone. And that’s as it should be.

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