Sunday, November 14, 2010

Missy and learning

Samanthaphoto © 2009 Andrew Magill | more info (via: Wylio)Warm and sunny, so unlike NE Ohio for November--
Enjoying a walk in the wildlife preserve without even a jacket--

Nearing the parking lot to find--
A 8 week old black lab puppy with her new owners--
Who were encouraging, laughing, aprreciating her antics, and providing lots of freedom on her leash--

And Missy, in turn, was exploring, greeting new people with grand bounces and kisses, prancing in the grass, sniffing and then stretching out, rolling over, and then up and running to become acquainted with someone else.

Pure joy-- that was contagious--- and learning, soaking up everything--

Such a contrast to many ideas for teacher learning-- for improving learning in our classrooms--

So much today in education for our students and for our profession of

Fact, Fear, and Force

that foster

Flight, Fight and Resistance

What if instead we looked at

Relating, reframing, Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose

Wouldn't that foster

Motivation, Self efficacy, Trust, and a Passion for the Possible

What if we strived for
"positive relationships that broker encouragement, extend respect, cultivate trust, reframe failure, endorse competence, model excellence and challenge teachers (and our students) to be the best that they can be." (Tschannen-Moran & Tschannen-Moran, Evocative Coaching, p. 177)
Note: (and our students) is mine.

Imagine the possibilities--
Imagine the joy and learning--

1 comment:

Trident Online University said...

I do think that sometimes teachers loose that sense of enthusiasm and joy from teaching over the years. Quite a contrast to the happy and playful Missy who is curious about the world around her. If the passion was there to begin with however, I think it cam be recaptured.