"On the first day I like to tell them to get their smartphones out and make little movies. They love making little movies."
"What about?" one cautiously queries.
"Oh, whatever, what kind of town they came from, what they want to do. Did they go some place nice in the summer."
One presentation was about keeping the students energized. "I make them get up and clap their hands when I ring a bell," someone presented - on a PowerPoint slide. "They think it's fun and it really keeps us all going."
"I know I'm not supposed to, but I just mother them. I scold them when they do wrong and give them lots of praise so they'll know I want them to do well."
One wondered, but did not say, "They have mothers. Do you want their mothers to grade their work as well?"
I left the orientation and felt blue. A dynamite school, the pick of great students, and all of the training was about pleasing the students, making them welcome, making them feel at ease, AVOIDING TOPICS THAT MIGHT ACT AS A TRIGGER TO A NEGATIVE THOUGHT OR IDEA.
Q: Are we doing it all wrong?