edu180atl: sucheta kamath 8.15.11
This is what I learned today, “You have to not only identify and celebrate those who are curious but invoke a sense of inquiry in every student!”
This summer, I did a workshop-style College Success Class for rising freshman discussing as well as teaching executive functions and self-management. Through discussions, practice and exercises we worked on restructuring thinking related to planning, organizing, time management and goal-orientedness to become self-initiating individuals.
All the students shared a common anomaly of executive dysfunction because of ADHD. Most knew that they needed this class to successfully transition to wider and newer opportunities of college; however, some students were in the class because their parents talked them into it. Getting all of them to become enamored by what life has to offer was not easy. In addition, working with students on things that are hard for them during “summer” was another challenge.
As part of the training, each student was asked to create a pictorial map showing what their “future” would look like in four years. On the last day, each student presented “My college map” to their peers. What was striking was that with a specific guidance and engagement every single student responded to the invocation with incredible appetite.
I have heard someone say that you cannot teach inspiration but you can help unlock it. Today, as a teacher-mentor I was moved by the power of invoked curiosity and was humbled by the chance to guide and direct impressionable learners.
About the author: Outside her clinical work, Sucheta is still busy “flying” which according to Douglas Adams is the art of learning to throw oneself to the ground and missing www.cerebralmatters.com