TEDTalk: Build relationships with your students. “We’re educators. We’re born to make a difference,” says Rita Pierson, who has spent 40 very dedicated years as an educator. The difference she refers to is not only helping students learn, but being a positive force in their lives. In her TED Talk, she calls on teachers to build relationships with their students, no matter how challenging that may be.
As students progress through elementary school grades, we often see a worsening of learned helplessness. Do you have students who shut down? Could they solve a problem if they really tried, but they just won't? Are they constantly asking for help or putting forth minimal effort? Read and watch a video about why this happens, and learn how to fix it, at A Peach for the Teach.