“Are we bribing them into compliance instead of challenging them into engagement?”
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This week in Episode 61 I am delighted to bring you a reflection episode that plays on the back of previous episodes. I build on the concepts discussed in Episode 58 – Practical Language and Episode 32 – Motivation. Motivation is in large a huge mystery to us. How does it start? Why does it Vanish? How can we sustain it?
This episode seeks to find small ways in which a change in your teaching language can help have a positive impact on motivation amongst your students. I am in now way, shape or form saying this is a guarantee, but rather a suggestion that will, inevitably, take time and persistence to implement with the children that you teach.
The episode itself it essentially split into two parts, the first of which I touch upon the work of Carol Dweck on growth mindset the importance of ‘yet’. A slight change in vocabulary yes, but an important one nonetheless. How many times in the past have you heard a student say,
“I’m not good at (Insert skill/task/activity here)”
Only for you, the teacher, to try and build them up by saying,
“Oh yes you are”
The problem here is…It doesn’t work. All it does succeed in doing is putting the child in question in a position to actively defend their ineptitude and it’s a complete lose-lose situation. The next time you hear a child proclaim their own ineptitude, just add, in a matter of fact way the word ‘YET’ at the end. Remember, we are trying to create a culture of learners that hopefully realise that achievement and progress is made through effort, not talent! I also discuss the amazing ‘Be A Yeti’ resource from The Physical Educator Joey Feith so please head on over and pick up the poster by following THIS LINK!
For Part two of this episode, I look at another all too common word in teaching that I feel has a negative ‘vibe’ around it and could do with an overhaul!
How Boring! This word doesn’t fill anybody with a ‘get up and go’ attitude to want to do something surely? I used to despise the thought of having to practice as it sounded boring, dull and actually very vague. How about we start swapping this word out with some that are more inspiring and action related such as PLAY, REHEARSAL or even WORK OUT!
“Hey lets rehearse our tactics for the game” sounds so much more appealing that “Lets practice our tactics for the game”…right?
Think about how often you suggest and say the word ‘practice’ to children as a means to improve and get better. My challenge to you is simple…
Don’t Use The Word PRACTICE For A Whole WEEK! notice the impact…then continue not using it!
Let me know how you get on by contacting @thepeumbrella or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
I for one can’t wait for you to listen to this weeks episode, and I hope you find even the slightest bit of value and logic in what I discuss. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback (whether positive or negative). So what are you waiting for? I’ll see you ‘Under The PE Umbrella’
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