Acting according to a temperament and not against it is the most essential principle when teaching students how to understand their own tendencies. Students will engage with activities where their skills have already been repeatedly proven and avoid any new learning experience at the first problem they run into. As teachers, we need to be dramatic to draw the attention of students with a choleric temperament, motivate and direct those with a phlegmatic temperament, help those with a melancholic temperament focus and also be diverse and flexible for those with a sanguine temperament. It is not uncommon for people to adapt to another temperament when facing new experiences. Students with different temperaments through training and effort can learn to improve and desist from limiting their development by keeping on trying over and over again, each time correcting their previous knowledge with the new one.
Temperaments shapes the way we experience the world. Our most important endeavour as teachers must be guiding student's education and helping them cope with challenges, taking risks, learning from failures and inspiring their growth. We need to motivate them to fulfill their potential, to push themselves out of their comfort zones and develop new skills by praising their focus, perseverance and improvement.
The quote I want to share this week is from American professor of psychology(and one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation) Carol Dweck's book Mindset: “No matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.”
Are you still struggling with grit?
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