<<Honestly, I do not like clowns for the most part. I just don't like
they look. Maybe many of you out there just cannot understand that but,
well, move on. >>
I too have been rivited by this brief discussion. As teachers we have
to guard against believing that just because we like (or dislike)
something, that our students _all_ feel the same way about it. I was
very uncomfortable around certain benign clown figures as a child and I
did not "get over it" until I was well into adulthood, despite the fact
that those clowns may have had My Best Interests at heart. And that
point (how I felt) is not arguable, is it?
Education policy dictates what is in The Best Interests of the child.
But it may be benevolently misguided in some cases. Student-centered
teaching and learning attempts to address this enormous diversity of
needs by setting up the circumstances for students to accomodate
themselves and find a way of learning that suits them best. We can't
know how each of our students feels inside. But we need to make it
possible for them to find a way to be safe and comfortable in our
Great discussion!!! It really got me thinking on this hot and muggy day.
k-3 massachusetts, retired
AOL now offers free email to everyone. Find out more about what's free
from AOL at AOL.com.