By Paul Silli
A teacher may say: “I can accept my good students, those who behave and do good work, but I can not accept those who do not work, who have a poor attitude, and cause me and other student’s trouble…” Ernest Melby, in his book: Teachers & Learning.
Do teachers primarily focus on the “good students,” while often ignoring the bad ones? It is the essence of the point of view here presented that only a complete gift of oneself makes a teacher an artist in the classroom. Teaching is a wondrous profession; it is not a sideline where you should be choosing what type of students you prefer in class. Most practical views show that teachers who give themselves fully to each student are the one’s that become the best in this occupation. Thus halfway measures and attitudes of whatever kind reduce effectiveness. Therefore, by avoiding putting students into good and bad categories should improve the opportunity to make a positive difference in a student’s life. This can be accomplished by focusing on the needs of each of our students, one student at a time. Everyday spent in-field could be seen as a challenge to get to know your students by personalizing rapport, and learning what is best for them. What do you think?