May 3, 2014

Paying Attention Pays

It is a well-known fact that learning increases when the attitudes and perceptions of the class environment are open and warm. The either/or exercise in this lesson encourages students to take a side and defend it. It promotes discussion, and when students are talking, everyone is learning. Keep in mind that many things are happening in the minds of young people when their peers are talking. They are also observing the behavior of the teacher as you respond to their dialogue. With your body language (eye contact, posture, etc.) seek to convey your genuine interest in what they are saying. As this occurs they will come to trust that they can offer input that will be valued.