Model Two: Rebel Outlaws in Class
Rebel outlaws disturb class,
destroy property and sometimes murder for recognition or revenge
-- called the Columbine Syndrome. Other students repress their
feelings and live lives of quiet desperation. Some students like
Thomas Edison slept in class and got sent home as "Too Stupid
to Learn". (true story) Edison's mother was a teacher and
taught him at home. Mom taught young Edison to discover his strengths
and encouraged him to pursue them.
Teacher asks students to look around
the room and write down two or three inherent strengths seen
in fellow students (no names). Teacher collects lists displays
the wide range of inherent strengths
Now, teacher asks students to write
down two or three inherent strengths or interests seen in SELF.
(Teacher assures confidentiality) Each student signs name and
gives list to teacher.
Teacher encourages students
to use each one's inherent strengths in school work and home
work. Teacher regularly recognizes and comments on students'
special strengths in classwork and homework.
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