Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Perception and Reality

Take a couple minutes to watch this video. It's pretty interesting... 

It got me thinking about how often in schools we make snap judgments of our students and their abilities. Our immediate perceptions may not, in fact, give us the full story of who they are and what they can do.

This was just a great reminder for me to get beyond the immediate and look more deeply at my students. What are their gifts and talents--and which ones might not be instantly apparent? What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses? And how might what I initially perceive to be their weaknesses in reality be strengths? Where am I judging too quickly? How can I help students use their unique gifts to foster a learning-centered classroom?

I hope this gives you a moment to pause and reflect as well.

(Thanks to my friend Grace for sharing this video on Facebook.)

1 comment:

  1. Great post Dave. this is true outside the classroom as well!