Sunday, May 30, 2004
Amazing how the blog sort of leads me to think, and then I put it back in the blog and hold on to the realizations...like it seems to stand out how much the non-participating moodmaking student and his not doing the vocab properly and using the cell-phone in class feel threatening to me, personally, and when i try to think of it with a more NLP approach, which is the way I want to look at things, he is doing what is best for him at the time and it has nothing to do with me. So i can move round to thinking, ok, he obviously doesn't get the point of the vocab sheet or the class, and how can i make the goals more clear to him so that he can tune into them, or find a way for him to participate with whatever he may have to suggest as an alternative. It's just not about me at all.
When I talked about sensitivity to language levels, polite and informal, that presupposes that he is interested. But the bottom line is i don't think he is clear yet why he is in the classroom and what he wants to do there, how it can be made to work for him. So I need to talk to him and help him explore that a bit more. Like Zosia said, he is obviously a great free thinking spirit, and being a bit of one myself, i also always tend to make people defensive, i see in my activities in webheads, that what for me is signalling lack of clarity and asking for help, and exploring how things fit me personally is perceived as negativity.
Renata 3:03 pm