Some students need more rules, some need less. Some students need structure, and some avoid it. The only way to know what is best for your students is to understand their needs. This week, you will learn about the Individual Centered principle. The more you understand their needs, the more you will understand how to reach them. By putting them first you will learn why they act out, how to motivate them, how to talk to them, and how to build a strong relationship. In the first video, Dr. Jacob will explain how to take an Individual Centered approach. In the second video, Joseph Kashiwagi will share stories from his children showing what Individual Centered looks like from a child’s perspective. Proceed to the activity afterward.
This week, set aside time to talk to some of your students one-on-one. Ask them about their life and how they feel about things. You might need to start by asking them about a topic they have been learning in class and how it relates to their life.
Write down your observations and thoughts (Did you learn something new? How well did you know your student? What are your observations of their life? How do they feel?). If you were unable to do it, due to their unwillingness, please write down your thoughts and ideas of what you can do to learn more about your students.
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