[AAACE-NLA] Possible research project
andreawilder at comcast.net
Mon Jan 7 10:43:12 EST 2008
Well, I know--it does sound improbable. But suppose NO ONE helped?
The person had NO charismatic adult? then I think you can see it
better. It can be the difference between a life line and sinking.
I'm not going to plead someone else's case, but I'll give you a couple
of quotes from a Brooke's talk.
"The mindset of effective learners:
--to believe educators are supportive and available and hey are not
experienced as judgmental or accusatory.--the presence of a charismatic
--students don't care what we know until they first know we
are"--[this is true in spades]
Effective educators = "to believe a student is having difficulty and
appears unmotivated, we must ask: 'What is it I can do differently to
help the student become more hopeful and successful?' ==rather than
wait for the student to change first...to continue with unsuccessful
interventions is a prescription for failure..."
I want to say something more--hundreds of times I have put myself out
on the line about something I have accepted as valid, then been
questionned about it with scepticism close to denial. Often this has
rocked my own belief in something I knew as rock solid. I feel that
here. This stuff is rock solid. Think about it, read about it, use it
in your classes and test it out. People who have thought deeply about
these issues and worked on them in class will know this is rock solid.
On Jan 6, 2008, at 8:53 PM, Terry Said wrote:
> I haven't been following this so maybe I've missed
> something, but I'm rather skeptical that for most
> people one single "charismatic" adult has been why
> they have been successful. Obviously, when one person
> has a significant effect we remember that one person,
> and say that person helped us. But for most people
> ,regardless of their circumstances, there are many
> people, things, and events that influence and help
> them. You know "it takes a village" scenario.
> Terry Pruett-Said
> ESL instructor
> AAACE-NLA mailing list: AAACE-NLA at lists.literacytent.org
> LiteracyTent: web hosting, news, community and goodies for literacy
More information about the AAACE-NLA