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Time for REVIEW!
PROGRESS DURING CRUNCH TIME
The Progress Principle
Are you recognizing your students' progress? Are you noticing their setbacks? And not only that -- but are you learning something, taking something away from it?
Hopefully so. It's something that really allows us as teachers to make mid-plan changes to our instruction for the benefit of our students. Below is a quick video featuring Teresa Amabile, a professor in Harvard's Business school and leading researcher on organizational psychology. In it, she talks a little bit about the Progress Principle and it's implications for managers and business progress.
Teaching vs. Managing
The Progress Principle is something I think we can take something from as teachers. Change out some words from Amabile's video, and we can find relevance in what she's saying. In the end, she's suggesting good managers do the following to help their people make the most progress:
- Set clear goals, making sure their workers know what they're going for and why
- Provide support, either from themselves or connecting their workers with people who can help
- Free their workers from distractions, taking off burdens they reasonably can, so workers can focus on the real task at hand
- Provide "nourishment" -- recognizing small achievements and progress, fueling the flame
- Encouraging group support, recognizing group success, and encouraging camaraderie
Don't tell me that those things aren't part of the recipe for effective teachers!
Now, I'll be the first to say that I don't agree that a school is a business, but I do believe there are some things that we, as teachers, can take away from the way good businesses help and manage their employees. In the end, we are like managers. We have to, while we teach our little ducklings, manage them. While we teach them content, we maintain order. While we facilitate their work, we guide them. While we ensure their understanding and review their products, we grow them.
And much like Amabile suggests with the Progress Principle, when we recognize students small progresses -- their tiniest victories -- they find more value in their efforts and make even more progress.