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“Some things are - just because they are”


Reading this book may be much like a first session of new training. The concepts presented may match many of your current beliefs or may not. The recommendation is to note the beliefs you agree with and the ones you do not. You will most likely find that you have some conflicting beliefs . For example, you believe students need hope, but you also believe in giving zeroes. You believe students should learn from their mistakes, but do not believe in makeup or extra-credit. You believe that some students need extra help, but believe discipline should be administered equally. You believe students should learn to problem-solve and make good decisions, but you also believe students must obey.

If you are going to be successful in empowering students , quitting disciplining, and only using teaching, you need to believe in it. If your beliefs are not a match or you have too many conflicting beliefs , perhaps you simply need to try it with an open mind. We write this because we have had many teachers tell us years later that they had doubts about it at first. Only after the experience of positive results did they change their beliefs and attitude.

We believe in these methods because we have seen them work with special education, gifted, regular, primary, intermediate, middle, high school, and many other descriptors of students. The task is for you to write and reflect on your beliefs, even if some conflict with the beliefs presented in this book.

Our list would look something like this:

We believe -

  • All students can learn and unless brain diseased or damaged, can learn to read, write, and do mathematics at the 10th grade level.
  • When students reach puberty, they have a natural need to make their own decisions, make their own mistakes, choose to decide what to believe, and need help as young adults, not child like treatment.
  • Everyone needs help.
  • All students have natural gifts, even if some are not related to school.
  • All students are basically good, but must meet their natural needs.
  • Whatever you give to others will be returned to you tenfold.
  • Up to 10% of your students will be exceptions and each student will be an exception up to 10% of the time – no one is perfect all of the time.
  • We retain more learning if it is learning from our mistakes.
  • No one is comfortable with obeying another but always appreciative of another’s help.
  • Most do not respect others playing a role, but like those that they truly know.
  • Fear of making mistakes, failing, or not being accepted is extremely detrimental to students.
  • Students have a right to have input into their education.
  • Students live up to the expectations we set.
  • Principals and teachers deserve to be remembered and appreciated for the help they give, never the punishments they give.
  • Change is good and stopping the discipline and just teaching may be the best change you will ever make.

Practical application

Develop your list of beliefs about learning, students, and discipline. Be sure to consider the many beliefs presented in this book and whether you agree or disagree. Review your list and note any that conflict with each other. See if you can reconcile any of these conflicts . After your first year with stopping discipline and just teaching, go back and look at the list of beliefs you wrote. See if any have changed or any conflicting beliefs have been reconciled.

If you find yourself having beliefs that are mostly consistent with the beliefs presented in this book, keep your list where you will see it from time to time. Read it over, and use it to motivate and help guide you in your efforts to help your students.

Expected outcomes

  • The principal and teachers have greater motivation for working with their students.
  • The principal, teachers, and students have greater joy and success.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
ya I also want to know the raman spectra
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
nanocopper obvius
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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