Don’t you just love it when your high school students are bothered and unhappy in your classroom?
No. I didn’t think so. Yet the greatest inventor of our age, that really smart guy, Thomas Edison said that “discontent is the first necessity of progress.” Really? Really.
I don’t have to tell you that teaching can become burdensome with so many in your sphere happy to place the onus of every student’s progress directly onto your caring shoulders (which is exactly where it does not belong). Each student’s success or failure lies with that student and the sooner they realize that, the better off they will be in navigating their own behavior as it relates to their education. Therefore, their own discontent is your suhweeeet chance to help them kick down that door of self-victimaztion and ease on down the road to self-efficacy.
After today’s Tuesday’s With Terri, you’ll turn discontent into a fabulously teachable moment with one little method that I (and many others) have used with great success in the classroom; even with the most disinterested students.
Lighten your load, you amazing educator. And have fun doing it!