ERIC Number: EJ896429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Start Where Your Students Are
Jackson, Robyn R.
Educational Leadership, v67 n5 p6-10 Feb 2010
Starting where your students are means understanding how currencies are negotiated and traded in the classroom. Any behavior that students use to acquire the knowledge and skills needed in the classroom functions as currency. Teachers communicate the kinds of currencies they accept in their classrooms, such as getting good grades; students do their best to acquire and trade in the teacher's accepted form of currency. But students also have currencies they value, such as desiring the approval of their friends. By honoring their own and students' currencies, teachers can help all students more successfully access the curriculum. Teachers need to recognize alternative currencies, figure out the "soft skills" students need to succeed, and find a common currency that is satisfactory both to them and their students.
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Classroom Communication, Skill Development, Interpersonal Competence, Student Behavior, Student Attitudes, Student Interests
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