Learning to learn

Other teachers are better than I am at engaging students, leading them to discoveries, and setting them on a success path of a world riveted on achievement that is measured like shoe size.

I am better at seeing what kids DO in the classroom so I’ll mention a few stereotypes observed:

1. The Hero-Spotter. This child’s neck is like a periscope and it cranes up, around and so forth to spot somebody to worship and adore.

2. The Helper-Outer. This child goes totally against the natural instinct of children to mess up and offers to CLEAN up. This child actually DOES clean up.

3. The Me-Me-Me…Me  This child has a nice voice and demeanor but it is nowhere near good enough to be the center of attention; yet is.

4. The Outsourcer. This child abandons self altogether, being involved in a life none of the rest of us can see or hear or participate in.

5. The Boo-Hoo-er.  You know this child. I know this child. Once, most of us once WERE this child.

6. The Cohort. This child is working with another child on something. They are teaching each other something. What that is may be related to class and may not be related to class. Very cool.

About Mrs. Fitz

Hello! I'm Michele Fitzpatrick, a Chicago writer. Like our town, a work in progress. As a journalist, teacher and writing coach I think all of us live our stories and sharing them creates moments that remind us we're connected. And that is enough.
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1 Response to Learning to learn

  1. Charlie says:

    I love this post! I can think of at least one student to fit each category here in each of my classes. This gave me a really good grin!

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