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Teacher-Centered Teaching

Teacher-Centered Teaching

My first exposure to Buddhist philosophy was in the flashback segments of the ’70s TV show Kung Fu, when the child Kwai Chang Caine was addressed by bald Master Po in the smoky darkness of the temple classroom. Those beyond a certain age certainly remember the master’s bemused pleasure at his student’s growth, and the memorable phrase, “Well done, grasshopper,” as the ultimate compliment a teacher could pay a student. My peers and I adopted the master’s line and used it…

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Teaching With Self-Esteem: Not Necessarily a Contradiction in Terms

Teaching With Self-Esteem: Not Necessarily a Contradiction in Terms

Most teachers would agree that self-esteem is essential to every student’s success, so we put a lot of time and thought into fostering a learning environment in which kids feel good about themselves. In time, we hope our students will mature into kind, sensitive adults who will help nurture the self-esteem of the next generation. In the meantime, however, we are faced with hordes of brutally blunt children, brimming with such confidence and self-esteem that they feel free to express…

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