Finding Your Way
Lost in a world of confusion and chaos, demands and wants, haters and the pessimists… where do we stand?
I came across a quote that I hope will inspire you as much as it inspired me…
Life is like a thicket in a jungle… we are tested, there are obstacles, and choices to be made.
As educators, these choices fly at us, but we must keep our eyes on the commonality: the children whom we are teaching. I am sure you all have gone against the grain once or twice, and may have experienced success or failure… but if the students were at the center of your choice… your intentions were in the correct place.
During these times of decisions, there is a moment where, as humans, we realize we have a choice… to be reactive or proactive. Obviously, the best choice is to be proactive, but so often our first instinct is to be reactive. We must model this “blink-of-an-eye” amount of time for our students.
I know what you are thinking… This is easier said than done. I can not disagree with this thought… the only advice I have… P.A.U.S.E.
P: How can I be PATIENT? How can I show PATIENCE?
A: What type of ACTION should I show?
U: Am I being UNDERSTANDING to all involved?
S: Will there be a SOLUTION in the end?
E: What will be the EFFECT? Who will my choice EFFECT?
So, we may totally understand this process of Reaction time, but how do we teach that to our students?
Easy as 1-2-3:Role playing real-life situations
Verbalizing/Communicating praise for proactive choices
Placing students in situations where choices are going to have to be made and having them to justify their choice.
Being their mentor
This is not an easy life-skill to teach, but it is imperative that we expose, provide opportunities, coach and guide our students through decision making!
“We are not born winners or losers, but choosers.”