Attitude is the key to lifelong educational success.
Children's attitudes are shaped by the ways in which their efforts to meet their basic needs are facilitated or thwarted.
As an adult responsible for children you are obligated to nurture the children in your care before you move on to other kinds of enrichment, such as academics.
Nurturing necessarily means facilitating efforts to meet basic needs, which includes psychological needs.
Just like you have a basic nutritional need for Vitamin C, such that if you don't get it you get scurvy, you also have a psychological need for autonomy, for instance, such that if you do not get it you get depressed, anxious, or otherwise distressed.
If you teach Readin', 'Ritin', 'n' 'Ritmetic, but not Respect, Responsibility and Resourcefulness, then your students are at risk for motivational deficiencies.
The symptoms of motivational deficiencies also includes a lack of interest in learning, a sense that participating in a group (or class) is pointless, and cynicism and resignation in the face of injustice.
Consistently thwarted needs will shape a negative attitude while consistently met needs will shape a positive one.
Unfortunately, we have a K-12 school system that prevents many adults from meeting their moral obligations to the children in their care by forcing them to put other priorities ahead of nurturing.
It is time to put an end to the epidemic of control in K-12 schools that causes motivational deficiencies.
The systematic reinforcement of controlling behaviors inflicts motivational deficiencies on millions of teachers and students.
Many teachers, principals, and policy makers just do not realize that one of the basic psychological needs of human beings is autonomy.
This neglect is inadvertent on the part of most of the adults in schools due to a combination of unconscious mental models of what education is, features of the industrial design of the school system that influence both their behavior and their unconscious mental models, and deep cultural trends that have shaped the design of our industrial school system.
This web site is about how to enable schools to cultivate positive attitudes by:
Naturally this is a complex challenge and this site is just the beginning of addressing that challenge so this site covers a lot of different topics ranging across the disciplines of psychology and education.
This 10-minute video explains the deep cultural roots of why mainstream schools do school the way they do.
If we put attitude first throughout our education system then the long-term RESULTS will include:
Teach-Kids-Attitude-1st.com is about helping you to provide the best possible educational leadership in any situation where you are in charge of kids.
In May 2012 I completed a research thesis for my degree at Reed College that suggests that the children in a home school resource center and a democratic school maintain their levels of intrinsic motivation in stark contrast to over three decades of findings that children in mainstream classroom settings have declining levels of intrinsic motivation.
I am a true teacherpreneur (entrepreneurial teacher) with over 15 years experience leading and caring for children in a variety of settings, including, home schooling other peoples kids for about five years using an adaptive curriculum focused on attitude, not academics.
I have also done nearly everything you can do with kids outside the formal classroom over the years; out-of-school program leadership, child care center teaching, camp counseling, and nannying.
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