|As parents and teachers, we need to enhance our abilities to|
create a relationship of trust with the students or the
children we interact with.
The task sometimes seems hard and we often feel
discouraged. Fortunately, there is hope with the vision
that both teachers and children can discover the joy of
Empowering children with self confidence and strengthening
your capabilities to teach will become second hand as you
integrate the following six principles or beliefs.
It's a sure deal.
1. The map is not the territory
Wherever you travel and whenever you use a map, you know
that this map doesn't show exactly the whole territory. Some
things are just not included on the map. In the same way,
our view of the world doesn't show the complete reality.
When children, as well as each one of us, experience the
world we give it meaning, which is often distorted. This
fact help us understand that we need to listen to better
understand children's interpretation of the world and thus
help them grow in their view of the world, not our own,
which is also only a map.
2.Every behavior has a positive intention
Children sometimes show strange, unexpected behavior but we
have to remember that their behavior is totally congruent to
them at the present time. It is their best choice
according to their current map of the world. Their behavior
always has an intention and this intention serves them,
otherwise why would they do it. Although we must remember
that the positive intention does not always manifest itself
the way we would like it to. What we need to do is find
and understand it, while respecting the child we're teaching
3.There is no failure only feedback
Teachers and parents often don't know how to handle failure.
Bad grades should never mean bad child. It only means:
can I do better as a teacher/parent to help the child
realize that his failure is an opportunity to go forward,
build his own character and build the one characteristic
necessary to become a successful person: persistence."
4.You cannot not communicate
You don't only communicate with language but by your
behavior, your posture and your voice… Each one of your
movements convey a message. Children are more aware of these
messages than you think and they give meaning to them. A
single look could mean: "you're a bad boy", or "I love you".
Beware of all the messages you convey because you cannot
5.Everyone has all the resources to succeed in learning.
Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Leonardo de Vinci, Pablo
Picasso had two things in common. They had learning
disabilities and they were geniuses. In spite of their
problems, they used all the resources they need to realize
their dreams, to learn and achieve. Being aware that every
child has all the resources he needs to succeed will allow
us to love him or her so much better. The more you love a
child, the more you will help him realize his potential.
6.Actions are not the person
The student or child you're dealing with is unique and the
personal worth of the individual is held constant. But
naturally, children's behavior is sometimes questionable.
This is when we must distinguish between "You're stupid"
and "what you've just done is stupid". Learn how to make the
difference between behavior and identity. Let this
principle be reflected in your language.
I've made these principles mine and I've seen many changes
in my life and in others. Do the same thing with the
children you raise or teach. I can promise you that you'll
see things that you've never seen before.
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