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Thank you for sharing your experiences, both positive and negative. Your first
(negative) example is quite shocking. 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. d We are so vulnerable at such a
young age, and effective teaching principles and methods are very important during
our formative years. d Reyneke (2020) conducted an interesting study that explored
courage and resiliency for young children in the classroom. d 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). d 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. d This type of shaming of a child could also have disastrous effects
beyond the immediate classroom. d 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. d 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). d 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.
d d d d d d Your positive example is a great illustration of making others feel valued
and its positive ripple effects. d I agree that this is very important in the classroom
and for all of life. d Students need to be encouraged to contribute and discuss their
ideas. d 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. d I am glad at least you were able to persevere and keep doing well in
school in spite of her teaching style. d I can relate in regard to strict elementary
school teacher, I have some memories of a few, d I went to elementary school in
Puerto Rico where corporal punishment in school was allowed so I hated going to
school a young kid. d 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. d 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. d
References
Bernstein, D. A., Frantz, S., & Chew, S. (2020). Teaching psychology: A step-by-
step guide (Third ed.). d Routledge.
Reyneke, R. P. (2020). d Increasing resilience, lowering risk: Teachers' use of the
circle of courage in the classroom. d Perspectives in Education, 38(1), 144-162. d
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