Thursday, 1 March 2018

Children are fantastic imitators, give them some amazing to imitate.

I have been thinking about this line from the time Ayesha brought it up in one of our Program Meetings. It is so simple yet so profound. A lot of times, we want our students to behave in a certain way and we sometimes struggle to make them behave in that way. 

Sometimes we want them to ask critical questions, we want them to take notes, we want them to listen to different people when they talk even when they don't agree, we want them to collaborate, we want them to forgive and move on, we want them to remain focused, we want them to take care of personal hygiene, we want them to work with the people around them to solve problems, we want them to be empathetic, we want them to fall in love with a particular subject, we want them to be on time, and a million other things. 

It might come as a surprise to you that children, just like adults, don't just do something because you tell them to do it. 

They are motivated by different incentives and are affected by different situations and actions on a conscious or sub-conscious level. We see our students turning into mini versions of us. Sometimes it is a good thing and sometimes it is not. 

One thing that they do is that they imitate. They do this really well. This is clearly visible in the kind of words they use or the kind of way they behave. They are, for better or for worse, just like you!

The questions that I would like you think about are:
 
"What do I do that I would want my children to imitate? How do I make my action explicit? Are they learning something from me that they should not? How and when it is happening? How do I stop it?" 

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