Your Human Flourishing Comment ...
Share your Human Flourishing takeaways below.
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I agree with the Nell Noddings statement that the first thing to try to achieve is to show the students that you care - care about them as human beings and care about them learning and mastering the topic matter. When I was at Uni, I remember reading research that indicated that teachers thought that the most important thing for at risk kids was for them to feel safe but the most important thing for the kids to feel good about themselves was to be able to master the work. The environment that Brad is talking about obviously does both and that is why it is so important. While he talks about his class being 'life', I am sure that a lot of planning goes into the activities that the students are going to experience. In my short time teaching, I have found that I enjoy myself more as the year goes on and that this is because the students have come to understand that I do care and the relationship changes where they are more open to engaging with the work. My hope is that as I get more experienced, I can get to this point a lot earlier than towards the end of term 3.
Love this 'show the students that you care - care about them as human beings and care about them learning and mastering the topic matter'. That's it!
I think one of the first steps to ensuring that we are aiming for human flourishing is the outcome of our self reflection. As a general statement I believe most of the time this human flourishing goal does not happen in most classrooms and so once that lesson finished I often (if I have time) sit down in the classroom in a students desk and I run through the lesson from start to finish in my head from the students perspective. The reason I try to do this is because i find if I reflect from my own perspective the chances are I will come up with the things that the students did wrong throughout the lesson and that's why it didn't go to plan. If I do this from the students perspective I can more easily think about what I did wrong and that should be the reason something didn't work because you can only control what you do not what the students do so you can only change what you do with the idea that this causes a change in attitude/behaviour of the students.
I totally agree ... self-reflection is greatly under-rated.