Friday, June 5, 2009

Unrealistic expectations and belief

As a teacher you hold fragile confidence in your hand every day. Belief in a student is a powerful thing, it can set a child on the path of success and make them believe in their own futures.

When we get caught up in grades and league tables and moderated scores and all other such associated bulldust we forget what a powerful thing belief is. When we believe in the person miracles are possible.

When we don't let students try, succeed and fail, we fail our students. Failure is important when seeking the utmost of our ability.

School is not about high stakes testing, nor about consequences. It is about creating a safe environment for our kids to explore their limits and seek excellence. Sometimes as a society I think we have forgotten this. teachers we see the evidence of our beliefs every day.. as well as the consequences when our belief fails.

It's something to ponder.

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