As in, “You were to have this completed today. Let’s work toward tomorrow”.
Grace is needed with teen learners and sometimes there are very good reasons why something needs to be put off for a day or two. Teen’s lives are complex. The reason why the task is not complete today might be as varied as the sky and the earth. Listen to the reason, evaluate, then show grace when you can. Give them until tomorrow if you can. But then hold them to account.
As in, “You’ve done well here, here and here however what do you reckon about this part?” Students crave balanced feedback on their work. Providing just the positives eliminates the need for improvement. Providing just the negatives is crushing. The balance of the two provides the goal and the improvement needed to get there.
I believe you can
Advocacy is invaluable. Our positive encouragement is vital. Helping teens see the pathway to further success is enlightening.
However, never should we leave them to flounder in finding that success. Scaffolding is necessary and cushioning their failure-fall is imperative. Which leads to…
You made a mistake
Mistakes are normal, needed and need to be noticed. Celebrate the growth that comes from the discovery of a mistake. And make sure you show your mistakes and your growth too.
How often do we restrict learning because of our preconceptions. We need to listen to suggestions from students and say yes more often. Creativity and thought are based on permission and exist beyond the boundaries of restriction.
In other words…
Adolescents require explanations to be given in various way, as many times as needed. Don’t become frustrated by their lack of understanding. Be the adult. Be the teacher. Find new ways to explain. And this is not just about new words to use, but also new methods and process to demonstrate and engage in learning.
What would you add to this list?