I have worked a few years at my school and have used the traditional teaching and flip class. It is now time for me to grade my students before summer. In Sweden we have A-F ratings where F is fail. There are a lot of pupils who will achieve an A. Some will achieve lower grades. Unfortunately, I have also some students who will receive F.
I then start to think about these F students. Why did they get this grade?.. I’m starting to ask myself if I could have done any more for this student. Is there any way for this student to completed at least one E.
Many times, these students who received F grades are very often not at all interested in the subject and do not contribute with anything in order for them to get a good grade. I must admit that sometimes I get frustrated and I often ask myself why I almost work myself to death for a student who not even want my help.
If I think like that I should also think … What kind of teacher am I?. Am I a teacher who gives up because I have an obstacle in front of me or Am I a teacher who will be more motivated to get to work a little extra?
The flip class, which I prefer as a method, often focuses on the individual student However, If I also begin to think of the class as a group, I think the class can do better both academically and socially.
I imagine a coach who wants all players to perform well for the team to be able to win. Then you can not have a player who is not performing well. It is the coach’s responsibility to make sure that all players perform at their best.
I will start to see myself as a coach/Teacher in the classroom. I want all students to perform at their best and it’s my responsibility that they do that. Is there a student who are not performing well enough I have to be there as a teacher and motivate this student. The higher the knowledge a student has, the higher the knowledge, the group together will have and this contribute to a better and more advanced education in the classroom. You can therefore not have any student that drag you class down . It is your responsibility to give these students the right support in order for the student to perform not just for themselves but also for their class. As I written before the class is no better than the weakest link.
What kind of teacher are you? do you see any disadvantages by thinking this way?
Please share you thoughts…..
Please remember there is not just your students that you should motivate but also your coworker, read my last post about that “Support your coworkers”
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