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The #1 .... (word in a classroom)

Number One** Not your ordinary endless list - just what's number 1. Just the BEST.

"PASS!"

Surprised? Well, let me explain.

During my own growth as a teacher, through my own experimentation and observation during thousands of hours, I've come to the conclusion that one of the most important things we can do as a teacher is give more respect to the learners.

When students are shown respect, when they are allowed to answer of their own free will, there are important and positive implications for the classroom. Research actually shows that allowing students to say, "Pass" to a teacher's question, promotes student response!

Students are people too. Sometimes they have had a hard morning/day. Sometimes, they are in a mood or suffering emotional growing pains. Sometimes, they just don't like the question! Many times in the language classroom, students aren't ready to answer and are going through a "silent period". We should respect their own control and know of themselves.

So please, teach your students the word, "Pass!" and allow them to use it in class. You'll get more students responding, if you cut them this slack. I promise!

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Comment by Roselink on July 20, 2010 at 2:47pm
OMG!! Isn't it amazing that we still have to say that "students are people too" and that they deserve our respect. I always tell my students they are allowed to demand respect from their teachers but first, since they are the weakest link in the chain, they must be respectful always on any occasion.
I agree completely with your views, humanizing teaching is vital.

Bravo for this post!

Enjoy the summer!

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Comment by Ellen Pham on July 20, 2010 at 5:39pm
I learned about the use of "pass" from Tribes, David. Honestly, you really don't like it because the program was shoved down your throat- no one likes that! And as a program, like all programs, it is too conscribed.... but aside from grouping the kids according to Tribes that become unmovable, the info/techniques/activities are A+!

Actually, that is not quite true... I first encountered right to pass in an Overeater's Anonymous meeting... 25 or so years ago :D

Rosa, I don't believe that students must be respectful first. If that is the case, how do we ever get to a place of mutual recognition (genuine recognition of another, hopefully peppered with a bit of admiration for the qualities of the other) when a student refuses to give respect "first"? I'm the adult, it is up to me to show a kind and productive behavior and do my best to keep to it no matter what else happens. Then respect becomes an integral value in the classroom, and gathers a meaning much deeper and more resilient than individual compliance. It's something we all can depend on, whatever else happens in the classroom.

Of course, I know what you mean... there needs to be some order in the world. I just don't understand how one can demand that order before it has been built... it is essential for some kids to know there is no power trip in you before they can relax and trust you enough to let you in to teach. This test that teachers must pass comes in different forms from different kids... I think figuring out what that is and responding to the test in a helpful way is basic to the art of teaching.
Comment by Just Me on July 20, 2010 at 7:44pm
I think letting students use a "pass" also lowers their inhibitions about learning/participating because they know that if worse comes to worse they can use the pass - and they are no longer so afraid of being called upon to answer a question.
My only concern would be the few students who might take advantage of using "pass."
Comment by Roselink on July 21, 2010 at 12:07am
You're right too Ellen, I didn't explain it the way I wanted. I said "I tell/advice/encourage students to be respectful and polite first witout expecting anything in return.

We, the teachers are supposed to show respect for our students in any case. Of course we are the adults and the ones to take the floor first. Unfortunately, that's not being always the case I remind my students to show respect and good manners in front of an adult too, it's safer and a manner to stay away from problems.
There are teachers who like to provoke difficult situations and cause serious problems to those students who, for one reason or another, are not welcome in their classrooms. These students if not warned in advance we'll do exactly what they are expected to do, eventually some sort of sanction will be applied, that's not good practice but it is still common.

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Comment by ddeubel on July 22, 2010 at 8:59am
I'm glad others see or save so much before me - this magic word.

Rosa and Ellen, I think you are talking about the chicken and the egg! It really is both at the same time almost, the teacher modeling, the students reacting.....

I agree, some students have to see it in action and have it done explicitly (through the notion/action of saying, "pass") in order for them to change and begin to respect teachers. I know many students who if the teacher respects them, just don't get it. But the moment it is in the form of their peers and the lesson comes from their peers using "pass", they begin to come around.

Just Me - precisely! That is the biggest "affect", that students feel more comfortable about participating and it take the big boogy man out of the room. However, I have to mention here that one our members wrote a blog post on her own blog about "pass". She was adamant that it wouldn't work with her university students in Korea. I'll let you check out her reasoning HERE. Like I said, nothing is "absolute" in teaching.....

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