quote:sunnubian: Also, I would like to add that one reason that poor students perform poorly that is never discussed or admitted to is the fact that they are treated differently in some or most cases and are not expected to perform any other way by even the teachers that teach them. In a lot of cases vibes the students pick up on and the attitudes teachers often display towards them (while they are in contact with them for as much as six hours per day) usually already sub-consciously engrains a psychological 'self-fulfilling prophecy of failing and/or failure and unworthiness, causing young minds to loose interest early, give up easily, or in defense and/or retalliation against such negativity directed toward them, 'cut off their nose to spite their face' by refusing to perform or to perform to the fulliest potential.
I agree.... this is a really important point and I wondered - from the teachers among you (?) - if this aspect of teaching is ever touched on in training, or discussed between teachers.
My other question is, after initial 'teacher training' and beyond day-to-day teaching experience where/how do teachers expand their knowledge? I'm curious... teaching is a mix of psychology, curriculum, staying technology-literate, ideas, and being socially-aware. Corporations have seminars and training courses... what about teachers?