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ERIC Number: ED263772
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Teacher's Pets and the Learning Process.
Giauque, Gerald S.
Even college students often hesitate to appear too intellectual or participate in class very much. Some students are non-identifying students, with antipathy for teachers, and some are identifying students with a good self-concept as learners and neutral or empathetic feelings for teachers. The teacher's dilemma is to devise techniques to produce identification in students, either by acquiring characteristics so that he or she will appear similar to the students, as many young teachers do, or by providing incentives to draw students toward them. The "Natural Approach" to language instruction does not demand active participation from students, but some teachers feel this approach does not deal with some students' high affective filter. Another approach taken is a collaborative one, encouraging students to participate by means other than calling on them. One teacher's technique is to ask students to write a star on their homework if they have volunteered in class that day, and when some still resist participating, to make volunteering a privilege rather than a duty by allowing fewer answers in the course of a class than there are students. This subtle pressure to participate has been found to be effective in most cases and has improved overall classroom communication considerably. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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