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As a newspaper columnist, Nancy Devlin, Ph.D. has written over 700 articles on subjects related to education and parenting. Welcome to her Classroom!

Things I Have Found To Be True

Things I Have Found To Be True by Nancy Devlin, PhD, author of Arrows Swift and Far
• Children are concrete thinkers. They cannot figure out what is expected of them if we only tell them what they did wrong. Catch them being right.
• Children who are discouraged cannot learn. Misbehaving children are deeply discouraged and do not feel they belong.
• We all have different learning styles. Teaching styles should vary to accommodate different learning styles.
• Some children are visual learners and some are auditory learners. Some children are sequential learners and some are systematic. Some are right-brain thinkers and some are left-brain.
• We cannot change anybody, we can only change ourselves.
• We cannot make anybody learn if they chose not to. We can only teach, it is a personal decision to learn what is being taught.
• The classroom is a group of people working together. Everyone in that class is responsible for the successes and failures of that group.
• Cooperative learning lessons foster group cohesiveness and teach concern and respect for others.
• We are all models for the children. We cannot say, “Do as I say not as I do.” Adults who are not respectful of children, cannot expect respect from them.
• Encouragement is the prime motivator. Praise is for the successes, and only a few are entitled to it. Encouragement is for the effort and we all deserve and need it.
• Accept each child completely for what he is, not what what he could be.
• Separate the deed from the doer. Never say anything against the child’s person.
• Children live up to our best and worst expectation. Avoid labeling them.
• Mistakes are not failures. That is how we learn.
• From the Talmud: The Greatest Wisdom is Kindness.
• Add you own ________________________________________________________________

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