Response to Journal Article (Noddings)

After reading this article I am left feeling both motivated but also a little agitated. I believe the concepts and big picture the article was getting at was the idea of schools focusing and building upon student’s strengths and not on his/her struggles. This is a very unique concept for school and could be extremely beneficial for the majority of students. However, it had bothered me to read “Teachers who work with students in minimal courses should have sympathy for their difficulties and admiration for their well-considered choice”. The article was directed at appreciating the fact every student will have their talents and that this should be the focus of today’s classrooms- a very enriching approach. On the contrary, the statement made by the author confuses me. If we are supposed to acknowledge that every student has a subject or area they will do well in, why would it be a bad thing that they have certain courses they struggle with? I don’t sympathy should be the right approach to handling a student in a minimal course. On the contrary, it should be an area that is dealt with reassuringly as well as constructively. Every person on the planet will have something they can do better in and improve: I don’t believe its the right thing to feel sorry for that individual on having an uncommon or unlikely area of difficulty; more so, it should be important to help that student and ensure they provide the best results they are capable of.
Furthermore, the rest of the article was very interesting and helped provide me with new ideas on teaching. From this article, I more understand the importance of finding every student’s strength and working with it to apply post-secondary options that suit their knowledge and interests. Teaching students gives me the scary, yet rewarding, opportunity to inspire and influence students’ lives. Gaining more knowledge on ways to help my students is imperative in order for me to provide the best instruction. One of my teaching philosophy is that every student can learn, this article further builds upon this belief.

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