Yesterday at home, in the midst of blowing my nose, I trudged through my textbook in my Masters class, totally bored out of my mind, frustrated and often had to get up and walk around to relieve the stress. I’d look out the window, try to put on some quiet music, or SOMETHING to relieve the tension, the stress and the stark raving boredom. For example, once after reading four pages, I asked myself, “What have I just read?” and my response to myself (imagine me sitting there in an empty house TALKING to myself) was, “I have NO clue!” Piaget and Kohlberg are not the most gripping, edge-of-the-seat reading, and the terms being thrown at my eyeballs, such as discontinuous theories of development, heteronomous morality, ad nauseum, almost made me want to press my face against the window and scream, “Somebody PLEASE help me!” Knowing that a test waited in the rafters motivated and prompted me to practice my coping skills, but I wondered, “What if there was something else to motivate me besides the threat of a test?”
Then, while on a tangent, I tried to picture a teacher in front of me, pasty colored with that deer-in-the-headlights look, very tense, saying, “This is going to be on the test in May and you better learn it! Come to remediation! We’re going to have seven big practice benchmark tests before May, on top of tests on every chapter up till then! I’m cancelling your recess today because we need to review for the test!!!!”
Where’s the motivation, besides scaring me half to death, in getting me to LIKE learning and attempting difficult subjects because the teachers are being scared half to death because they’re being scared by ___, and on up the chain.
What would I want to see as a student if I was back in K-12 again?
a) more laughing and humor with the teacher leading the charge (I remember my favorite professor in college who would occasionally fall backwards out of his chair, or tell us to put our notes away and just ENJOY history for once, and he was the HARDEST professor on campus whose tests were BEARS. Guess what? He motivated me more to try my best than the ones who were task masters and talked in a monotone all period.)
b) more chance to explore the topic of study. What about a Mashup?
c) let me get up and stretch when I can’t stand it anymore. I can’t imagine sitting for 6.5 hours perfectly still.
d) remember those of us who can’t sit still or keep our mouths closed. What if I could get together in a group and discuss a webquest with a friend?
e) Change location. On warm days, how about if we sit out in the school yard for class?
Anyway, a test awaits me. Now, which of the following do NOT explain the principles of psychosocial theory? a) ……….