Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Being Impulsive

In Managing the leap reflex from Seth Godin's Blog , Seth Godin states,

“The smart self-management technique is to leap with intention. Don’t wait for a deadline. You pay a price for that. Don’t invite peer pressure. You pay a price for that. Don’t let the traffic wear you down–you might pay a huge price for that.”

One of the hardest things to teach my students is that they need to curb their impulses. Many react and don’t think about how their actions will have an impact on their future or other people’s future. They need to stop and think about the consequences.

I try to have them state the problem and list the consequences. Once they know that they can live with the consequences, they can make the decision. As they get used to this process, they won’t need to write down the problem and consequences. They will be able to work this out in their minds. Sometimes this process will take longer for some things than others.

Another good exercise is the “what if” game. I like to ask students about situations when they might have to make a quick decision and don’t have time to go through the decision-making process. It is like having a fire drill and we can call this decision drill.

If they can prepare for situations like this, they can think ahead about the consequences of their actions. Hopefully, when the time comes, they will be able to make the appropriate decision because they would have planned for this possibility.

This is the way that I teach my students to stay ahead of the impulse reaction. They need to learn to make decisions with intention. This is a way to teach them how to be an adult instead of a child. Children can get away with reactions, but adults take action with intention.

How do you teach students to curb their impulse behavior? Please share.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Being Professional

In What's More Professional? From  @DavidGeurin Blog, David Geurin asks,

“Is it more professional to teach in a traditional manner, the way you remember your teachers teaching you? 

Or, is it more professional to teach in innovative ways that might be more relevant to today's world with today's students?”

I remember when I was a student, I had the hardest time learning when the teacher just stood up at the front of the room and lectured. In order to really remember what was said, I used to write out everything the teacher said. At the time, I didn’t worry about understanding anything that was said. Then I would go home and read everything I had written. Today, I realize that I was a visual learner and listening to what was said did not help me. I needed to see the word in order to have an understanding.

It is this reason that I believe teachers need to teach in ways that the student needs to learn, not as the teacher learned the best.

In order to do this, teachers need to take time to investigate the ways that students learn best. If you have a group of students that are auditory learners, then make sure you tell students the information that you want them to learn. If some are visual learners, have graphics, notes, or other visuals to help explain what you are teaching. If some of your students are tactile-kinesthetic learners, have them make something or do experiments to impact their learning.

Teachers need to be flexible with their teaching styles. They need to remember that they are not the students and the students need to be the focus of our teaching.

I always like people’s responses when they are asked, “What do you teach?” and the teachers respond, “I teach students.”  We don’t teach subjects, but we do teach people.

If teachers would remember this, I think it would help them gear their teaching in order to meet the needs of their students.

Teachers and students would be more successful in the classroom.

What would your answer be to David’s question? Please share.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Take Action

In “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time” from Seth Godin's Blog, Seth Godin shares,

“A passion for forward motion is the single best way to improve the status quo. And the more forward motion we make, the better we’ll get at figuring out if it’s a good idea next time.”

My husband has a hard time making decisions. He likes to think about them forever before deciding on something and it drives me crazy! I tend to be more impulsive and make decisions too quickly. Luckily, I think we balance each other out.

Sometimes I believe that we get paralyzed into taking no action when it is time to take action and give something a try. If things don’t work out, then you can change action but moving forward will give you some idea of the what you need to do.

When we are traveling, I use the Google map app on my phone to find our destination. Even though I start the navigation process, if we are not moving, I can’t tell which direction we need to go. Sometimes we just need to start moving before I can turn where I need to go.
As long as my decision won’t cause great bodily harm or irreparable damage, I think taking action, any action is preferable to standing still.

When I’m writing something, I want to work on it until it is just perfect, which it will never be. I know there comes a time when I have to bite the bullet and let it go. Others might not ever see the imperfections that I see.

If I need to, I will talk about my dilemma with others so I can get a different perspective. It really helps to do this sometimes because others may offer suggestions that I had never even thought about.

I try to remind myself to think about the consequences carefully before acting in order to curb my impulses. I try to think about the worst-case scenario and if I can live with that if it happens, then it is time to make the decision.

How do you get yourself to move forward and take action? Please share.

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