A lucky mistake - Parables for Values ​​Education


Parables and stories
for Values ​​Education

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In the classroom had two students who had the same surname: Urdaneta. One of the Urdaneta, the smallest, was a real headache for the teacher: undisciplined, little applied in their studies, search engine of lawsuits. The other Urdaneta, on the other hand, was an exemplary student.
After the meeting of representatives, a Lady of very fine manners was presented to the teacher as the MOM of Urdaneta. Believing that it was the breast of the applied student, the teacher got rid in praises and congratulations and repeated several times that a real treat was to have her son as a student.
The next morning, the unruly Urdaneta came to school very early and was direct in search of his master. When he found it, he said almost in tears: "thank you very much for saying my mom that I was one of her favorite students and that it was a pleasure to have me in its class. With joy that MOM told it me! What happy was! I know that so far I have not been good, but now I'm going to be"
The teacher realized his mistake, but said nothing. He only smiled and lightly stroked the head of Urdaneta in a gesture of deep affection. The small Urdaneta has changed completely since then and was, indeed, a pleasure to have in class.
The expectations that we have for a person we communicate is and it is likely to become reality. This is what is known as the Pygmalion effect. According to mythology, Pygmalion, legendary King of Cyprus, carved in ivory a statue of a woman so beautiful that he fell madly in love it. He invoked the goddess Venus, who answered the pleas of the King in love, and women of flesh and blood became a beautiful statue. Pygmalion called her Galatea, they got married and they were very happy.
The myth of Pygmalion comes to mean that expectations, positive or negative, much influence the people with which we interact. Hence the importance of having positive expectations of our students. The ability to accept others as they are and not as we would like them to be, and communicate such acceptance through words or gestures, is perhaps the main tool for positive change in growth and development of the person.
Rosenthal research and different tests have shown that the expectations of teachers constitute one of the most powerful factors in the school performance of the students. If the teacher has positive expectations regarding their students, it communicates them and manages that these advance. Even if they are negative. If the master is convinced that his students - or any of them - they are unable, it makes them incapable. As Fernando Savater said: "If you think that your student is an idiot, if in fact it is not, will soon be it". Yes, by
otherwise, the teacher is convinced that in your living room has a group of winners, triumphant returns. If the teacher has a self-esteem positive, valued his work and is at ease with itself, it communicates it to his students. On the other hand, the bitter master, without enthusiasm or illusion, covers all the educational action with a blanket of pessimism and slows the learning of their students.
Avoid every word, gesture or offensive opinion.("You're a useless; know nothing; ("evil, as always...") always emphasized the positive, and above all, never leave wanting to your students. Wanting to students is not to pimp them or overwhelm them with illusory expectations that lead them to imagine that they are the navel of the world. Want students supposed to be interested in them, their growth and their integral development, rejoice in their success even if they are small and partial and, above all, never lose faith or hope. The notable Russian pedagogue Makarenko, tells the story of a "rogue" which gradually was transformed, thanks to the liberalistic and cooperative work. Later, however, he does and flees with the money. Makarenko do not denounce it to the police, and several months later the thief returns, without that anyone forced to do so. Makarenko acts as if nothing had happened, and entrusted him with a lot of money so you go shopping to the city. The conflict was resolved automatically, without moralizing speeches. The moral was precisely the return of the "malandro" and the risk that Makarenko decided to run. He is not a "test", but that it is proof that the educator not perceived the thief as such, but as a person for whom any miracle is possible by the fact of being so. Hence the need of the students always look with the eyes of the heart.

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A University Professor sent to students of sociology to the villas misery of Baltimore to study two hundred cases of adolescent boys at risk. She asked them to write an assessment of the future of each boy. In all cases, the researchers wrote: "Has no chance of success".
Twenty-five years later, another professor of Sociology found the previous study and decided to continue it. For this purpose, he sent his students to investigate what had happened to the lives of those boys that, twenty-five years earlier, seemed to have so little chance of success. With the exception of twenty of them, which had gone from there or had died, students discovered that almost all of the remaining had achieved success rather than medium as lawyers, doctors and businessmen.
The teacher was left stunned and decided to go ahead with the investigation. Fortunately, it didn't cost you much locate those investigated and he was able to speak with each of them.
-How do you explain your success? -les was asking.
In all cases, the answer, full of feelings, was:
-There was a special teacher...
The teacher still lived, so he sought it, and asked the old woman, but still lucid female, what magic formula had been used for those boys had passed so problematic situation in which lived and triumphed in the life.
The teacher's eyes sparkled and her lips outlined a pleasant smile:
-In fact, it is very simple - he said-. All those guys were outstanding, he loved them very much.
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