Teaching is all about self-concept?
Our self-concept determines who we are. What we think about ourselves, what we can or can’t do and ultimately who we become… it is that powerful!
How is your self-concept?
Give some time over to a bit of self-reflection and see if you can remember any experiences that supported the formation of your self-concept. Time with your mum, dad, grandparents, teacher, friends…
Teachers next to parents are the most powerful people that ever cross our lives.
Do you know the poem by Dorothy Law Note “Children learn what they Live”?
If a child lives with criticism,
he learns to condemn.
If he learns with hosltility,
he learns to fight……
If a child lives with encouragement,
he learns to be confident.
If a child lives with tolerance,
he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with acceptance,
he learns to love……
With what is your child living?
Ask that question of the classroom climate that a child spends from 5 to 8 hours a day in?
In my view, Teacher’s need to enable children to feel that they are “OK”, that they are loved.
In fact if we look at our lives both teacher and taught, “our lives area shaped by those who love us and by those who refuse to love us” John S.J. Powell
Do teachers love and teach or just teach and refuse to love?
In my view, Teachers need to take good care of developing a positive self-concept within themselves so that they can develop a positive self-concept within each child that crosses their path.
Goethe said” In all things we learn only from those we love..” and Kahlil Gibran said” the teacher gives not of his wisdom, but rather of his faith and lovingness…”
So what has ‘love’ got to do with teaching?
A teacher quoted by Everett Shostrom in Man, the Manipulator said…
“I had a great feeling of relief when I began to understand that youngster needs more that just subject matter.
Oh, I know mathematics well. and I teach it well. I used to think that that was all I needed to do. Now I teach children, not math. I accept the fact that I can only succeed partially with some of them. I have found further that my own personhood has educable value. When I don’t have to know all the answers, I seem to have more answers than before when I tried to be the expert.
The youngster who really made me understand this was Eddie. I asked him one day why he thought he was doing so much better than last year. he gave meaning to my whole new orientation. “It’s because I like myself now when I’m with you,” he said.
Love is everything in teaching!