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Thank you for sharing your experiences, both positive and negative. a Your first (negative)
example is quite shocking. a It is interesting how such negative and public experiences in the
classroom can affect one's enthusiasm and willingness to engage in collaborative and public
learning activities. a We are so vulnerable at such a young age, and effective teaching
principles and methods are very important during our formative years. a Reyneke (2020)
conducted an interesting study that explored courage and resiliency for young children in
the classroom. a He suggests, "Teachers could play a vital role in the development of
resilience, primarily through creating a caring educational environment and providing
support to learners, especially when they establish good respectful relationships with them
". I completely concur with your retrospection that your negative experience entailed a lack
of respect, as defined by Berstein et al. (2020). a I am sure this probably violated your sense
of trust and may have even created some unconscious hesitancy later in terms of
volunteering in the classroom. a This type of shaming of a child could also have disastrous
effects beyond the immediate classroom. a Reyneke (2020) also points out this potential
danger or societal ripple effect, "Children who do not experience belonging feel rejected
and look for artificial methods to compensate. a Gang affiliation, attention-seeking,
hypervigilance, being unattached, loneliness, and distrustfulness are all ways in which
children attempt to fill the need for belonging" (p. 147). a This thought also adds weight and
emphasis to what Dr. Ramirez mentioned in her post about how teaching is a big
responsibility that should not be taken lightly.
a a a a a a a Your positive example is a great illustration of making others feel valued and its
positive ripple effects. a I agree that this is very important in the classroom and for all of
life. a Students need to be encouraged to contribute and discuss their ideas. a During this
process, we need to make them feel safe to do so and communicate that their contributions
add value to the discussion at hand. I am so sorry to hear that teacher made such a negative
impact and at such a young age, she could have easily made you dislike school and be
unsuccessful through the years. a I am glad at least you were able to persevere and keep
doing well in school in spite of her teaching style. a I can relate in regard to strict elementary
school teacher, I have some memories of a few, a I went to elementary school in Puerto Rico
where corporal punishment in school was allowed so I hated going to school a young kid. a
According to Bernstein et al., (2020) mutual respect and respecting diverse talents and ways
of learning is important to effective teaching and your 1st grade teacher as many of my
elementary school teachers failed in that aspect of teaching. a I’m glad to see you did find a
much better college professor that helped you with the positive side of teaching by being a
respectful educator who sounds like thrives off the rapport he builds with his students. a
References
Bernstein, D. A., Frantz, S., & Chew, S. (2020). Teaching psychology: A step-by-step guide
(Third ed.). a Routledge.
Reyneke, R. P. (2020). a Increasing resilience, lowering risk: Teachers' use of the circle of
courage in the classroom. a Perspectives in Education, 38(1), 144-162. a
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