The Enlightening (Part 2)

By Robert Elton

2] Curiosity must be fostered. This means, employ the Socratic method of rhetoric-increase the amount of leading questions asked of your students. This is a great way to allow them to express themselves, to begin to open them up toward socialization with others, to learn to respond to the world, or the concepts and ideas of others.

3] Contextualization: Place problems into in vivo (real life) scenarios; that is, create opportunity to relate the material to activities in their unique, life situations. This concept will be an exciting and challenging one for tutor's as they will need to become more intimate— more of a friend— a tad bit informal to a degree— with their student. 4] Challenge is created into study and the curriculum based on the level of readiness of the student, then moving into greater levels of difficulty. At the right times, introduce new and tougher concepts. (This does not mean unrelenting or perpetual stress.) This takes practice and exposure to the differing attitudes in the students.

5] Confidence development involves minimizing impact of failure. Instill that many failures provides the necessary experience and practice for mastery. Inform the student that whatever tasks he is given, the tasks are difficult for everyone; and to try not to allow negative emotions to cloud ones direction and objectives: To Learn!

Altogether, these concepts will provide one of many possible foundations for your educational dynamism, and success. An educator watching your student stroll down the aisle with their diploma produces the feeling I assume Lau Tzu described from watching his leaf. With leaves or people, life has a~ way of enlightening you to hs po open yourself up to it (or at least do not close yourself off).

An instructors' enlightenment is partially what student's desire. Be free with it, and provide it often.

Robert Elton, AAS, AA, BA (Sociology) is pursuing his MA in Psychology (Janus University, CA.), and an M(,J at the Graduate School of Criminal Justice at Southwest Louisiana University.

Wade DuRoy, Editor, B.Ed Correctional Teacher, DCCQ 129 Conner Rd., Hominy, Ok. 74035