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Rebel Outlaws in Class - Demand Recognition
Rebel outlaw kids 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 kids 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 special strengths seen in fellow students (no names). Teacher collects lists displays the wide range of special strengths.
(Takes no time from academic work and costs no money!)
Now, teacher asks students to write down two or three special strengths or interests seen in SELF. (Teacher assures confidentiality) Each student signs name and gives list to teacher.
(This way teacher recognizes each student's special strengths.)
Teacher encourages students to use each one's special strengths in school work and home work. Teacher regularly recognizes and comments on students' special strengths in classwork and homework.
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Examples of marginal, struggling individuals who were able to overcome disadvantages:
Steve Jobs: Inventor of the person computer. Not doing well in school, his teacher said: "He has a different way of looking at things."
Steve Wozniak: Co-inventor of the PC. Not doing well in school, he worked on their PC project in the garage.