Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Empathetic Teacher

For an upcoming LAW session, I've prepared the following notes.


Students pack up to leave my room before the bell.


Classroom management

Give bad news with empathy. "I am so sorry you failed this test."

Replace demands with alternatives. "Would you prefer to study for the next exam after school or during a learning lab?"

Adults play more of a facilitator or counselor role rather than judging or punishing.

The sooner a child learns a lesson, the less costly the lesson is. Be firm. Life in the real world is tough.

Empathy or sorry as a response reduces the chance that a student will focus on adult anger. Inward reflection is encouraged rather than emotional reaction.

Give children and opportunity to develop a new plan. "What's your plan?"

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