What a wonderful article!! Thank you so much for posting it! There are some things in here that can help everyone and not just educators and students. Many of the points made in this article can, however, help teachers in helping their students become better persons as well as learners. These tips and lessons (no doubt from the author’s own life) are well placed, well worded, and exactly on target.
He went through many things that you may consider to be a little “non-conventional” when teaching things that people need to learn in order to be successful, but I think he gets to the heart of many of the issues that people face when trying to decide what to do with their lives, their education, and their classrooms.
I love that he began the article with learning how to predict consequences. I immediately thought about how terrible at chess I am because I cannot “see” more than a move or two in front of me. This is difficult in life as well because I’m always struggling to keep up with the consequences of my immediate decisions.
He also mentioned learning how to be genuinely empathetic. This is a trait that needs to be taught to teachers and students alike. Classrooms are not “safe” learning environments even though there may be no weapons or open violence. The sad fact is that kids are mean. We all need to learn to empathize and make our classrooms safe.
I could go on and on about each of these points in the article, but I’d rather you read it for yourself.
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