Motivating African-American Males & Learning from Failure
"No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship" ~ Dr. James Comer
Motivating African-American Males
- Post children's pictures next to their hero.
- Build positive relationships with your students. (Ideas: Positive notes home, attend sporting events, celebrate birthdays, home visits, sharing photos of your family and interests, let them call home with good news, interest inventory.)
- Label your students (in a good way)...Scholar, College Bound, Future Valedictorian. Give them a positive lens to see themselves through!
- Encourage positive attitude talk. (Example: Writing Prompt - "All things are possible because...")
- Remember - about 2/3 of what we communicate is non-verbal. What does your body language and tone communicate to your students?
- The child may be the "adult" at home - so avoid harshness or embarrassing a child when disciplining. Use your adult voice (not your parent or choice voice).
- Use multi-cultural literature.
(Points taken from a presentation by Mr. Carlton Ashby)
Learning from Failure Video Clip
Keep Moving Forward!