Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Have Faith in Learning

I recently watched an episode of Code Black the other day and it involved having faith. The character in the show Emmanuel says, 

You're human. And humans want answers. The answers you need don't come with photographic evidence. They require that you believe in something you can't see. After all, that's why we call it faith, isn't it? Otherwise we'd call it proof.”
That really struck a chord in me because I feel the same way with learning.
I believe that everyone can learn.
I believe that everyone learns in their own way.
I believe that we never should give up.
Sometimes we may have to change our goals but that is okay and doesn’t diminish our effort.
Sometimes we feel so frustrated and the urge to give up is very strong. It is at this time that we need to be even stronger and believe that we can make a change in our own lives.
I can’t show proof of this to my students but when I begin teaching them, I’m asking them to have faith in me and my beliefs. By asking them to have faith, I’m asking that they put in time and effort into something that I can’t prove.
This faith in learning is hard for my students. Over time, many people have let them down and they might have even let themselves down. This leap of faith involves trust which not something my students give easily.
But I need to keep trying to get my students to believe. They need to believe in their teachers and in the system. They need to believe in themselves. This belief will help them be successful in their lives.
How do you get your students to have faith in learning? Please share.

1 comment:

Sioux said...

Regular specific praise. Showing off their work to the rest of the class. Writing notes to them. Being bowled over by their words.