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Thursday, April 12, 2012 6:34:29 PM
joannabeard
Joined on 17 January, 2011
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Chapter 15

Complete the assignment below and reply to one post.                                                                                                                                                                                                             How can you incorporate "Making it Cool to Care" in your classroom?
Monday, April 16, 2012 9:32:02 AM
wendyhagan
Joined on 17 January, 2011
14 Posts
Re: Chapter 15

I incorporate "making it cool to care" by constantly praising my students no matter how small the feat was.  By doing this, every student begins to worry about how well the others are doing on their work.  They will even ask if they can help the other students if they have already completed their work.  They know that I care how well they perform in my class.  I tell them that I know they can't do everything, but I will never give them anything they are not capable of completing.  It is also understood that I expect their best on what is assigned.  That lets them know that I have faith in them as well as high standards, therefore, maybe they will begin to have faith in themselves.
Monday, April 23, 2012 9:31:28 AM
calliebruce
Joined on 17 January, 2011
12 Posts
Re: Re: Chapter 15

I think that is great. You work with a group of kids that really need to know they matter.
Monday, April 23, 2012 9:29:22 AM
calliebruce
Joined on 17 January, 2011
12 Posts
Re: Chapter 15 (1)

I think this is a great policy. Making it cool to care shows students that everyone matters. In PE, it is usually loud and busy. It is important for students to always consider others. I mentioned to students earlier in the year that if you see someone playing by themselves, go play with them. I have seen many kids do this and it makes the not so social kids feel special.
Monday, April 23, 2012 9:47:04 AM
kmilligan
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: Chapter 15 (1)

I agree they should be made to feel special.
Monday, April 23, 2012 9:45:57 AM
kmilligan
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Chapter 15 (2)

You should instill in your students that it is cool to care. At times, students will not participate due to the fact that their peers may my chastise them for participating. Even in atheletics kids won't go 100% for fear PE looking bad if they don't do well ,and this can be seen in the classroom as well.

As a teacher you should encourage all students tto think it is cool to care about excelling in the classroom,community , as well as atheletics or in any endeavo they choose,
Monday, April 23, 2012 2:11:47 PM
debbierawls
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: Chapter 15 (2)

That's a great point.  That by encouraging all students to be involved in learning and participating, you are also teaching them that it is cool to care.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 12:46:03 PM
dmcintosh
Joined on 17 January, 2011
13 Posts
Re: Re: Chapter 15 (2) (1)

Great point!
Monday, April 23, 2012 2:08:47 PM
debbierawls
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Chapter 15 (3)

The most powerful persuaion to help students care is to see the teacher act in caring ways.  Interpreting the student's words and actions in positive ways (even if they didn't really seem to offer it in a postitive way) gives the teacher an opportunity to turn any situation around.  That is one way I incorporate "making it cool to care" in my classroom.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 11:15:55 AM
wendyhagan
Joined on 17 January, 2011
14 Posts
Re: Re: Chapter 15 (3)

I think that is wonderful!  Caring teachers make impressions that can last a lifetime.
Thursday, May 17, 2012 8:16:44 AM
mdrurey
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: Chapter 15 (3) (1)

I believe that kids perform better when they can see and feel you truly care about them.
Thursday, May 17, 2012 9:12:59 AM
rebekahbass
Joined on 17 January, 2011
12 Posts
Re: Re: Chapter 15 (3) (2)

You are so right.  Be careful little eyes what you see.  Sometime we forget that those little eyes are always watching and those little ears are always listening.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 12:44:48 PM
dmcintosh
Joined on 17 January, 2011
13 Posts
Re: Chapter 15 (4)

I think a great way to "Make it Cool to Care" is through Christmas shoeboxes.  The kids get to bring items and pack a shoebox for a little girl and a little boy in a third world country for Christmas.  This is a great way to teach children to help others.
Thursday, May 17, 2012 8:24:43 AM
mdrurey
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Chapter 15 (5)

I try show them I care by listening to them and giving them praise.  But I also try teaching them how to care for others and to be aware of how things might make other feel. I agree whole heartily that students perform better for those they feel care for them.
Thursday, May 17, 2012 9:10:34 AM
rebekahbass
Joined on 17 January, 2011
12 Posts
Re: Chapter 15 (6)

I use a good bit of collaborative learning in the classroom so that students learn to use each others talents.  My stronger readers are always ready and willing to help my weaker readers. Any time a bully situation occurs we talk about how we should treat others as we want to be treated.