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As a newspaper columnist, Nancy Devlin, Ph.D. has written over 700 articles on subjects related to education and parenting. Welcome to her Classroom!

Things I Have Found To Be True

CHILDREN ARE CONCRETE THINKERS.  They cannot figure out what is expected of them if we only tell them what they did wrong.  Catch them being right.

CHILDREN WHO ARE DISCOURAGED CANNOT LEARN.  Misbehaving children are deeply discouraged and do not feel they belong.

WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT LEARNING STYLES.  Teaching styles should vary to accommodate to different styles.

SOME CHILDREN ARE VISUAL LEARNERS AND SOME ARE AUDITORY LEARNERS.  Some children are SEQUENTIAL LEARNERS and some are SYSTEMATIC.  Some are right-brain thinkers and some are left-brain.

WE CAN NOT CHANGE ANYBODY, we can only change ourselves.

WE CANNOT MAKE ANYBODY LEARN IF THEY CHOSE NOT TO.  We can only teach, it is a personal decision to learn what is being taught.

THE CLASSROOM IS A GROUP OF PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER.  Everyone in that class is responsible for the successes and failures of that group.

COOPERATIVE LEARNING LESSONS foster group cohesiveness and teach concern and respect for others.

WE ARE ALL MODELS FOR THE CHILDREN.  We cannot say, “Do as I say not as I do.”  Adults who are not respectful of children, cannot expect respect from them.

ENCOURAGEMENT IF THE PRIME MOTIVATOR.  Praise is for the successes, and only a few are entitled to it.  Encouragement is for the effort and we all deserve and need it.

ACCEPT EACH CHILD COMPLETELY FOR WHAT HE IS, NOT FOR WHAT HE COULD BE.

SEPARATE THE DEED FROM THE DOER.  Never say anything against the child’s person.

CHILDREN LIVE UP TO OUR BEST AND WORST EXPECTATIONS.  Avoid labeling them.

MISTAKES ARE NOT FAILURES. That is how we learn.

From the Talmud:  ‘THE GREATEST WISDOM IS KINDNESS’.

Add you own things you have found to be true.

 

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