In my experience teaching is more than just content knowledge, more than pedagogical knowledge, more than behaviour management. Do we think an effective teacher emerges from following a set of procedures and/or explicit instruction? In addition to implementing the curriculum, as educators, our goal (and some would say passion) is to develop our students' love of learning, empathy, self-efficacy, creativity, passion, critical thinking, social justice and communication skills. Every student comes with his or her own beliefs, abilities and personality.
Do you have any students who just want your approval? They want to make you happy. Their parents tell you they are ‘people pleasers’. You explain to your students about intrinsic motivation and about how they should be proud of their efforts and doing their personal best. I’ve often wondered about the students who are ‘people pleasers’. Do you they lack confidence? Is it their age? Are they perfectionists? Is self-efficacy the issue? While thinking about this blog, I've discovered, I too seek people’s approval. I’m guilty of wanting those who I respect to acknowledge my efforts. It’s even better when they provide me with feedback, both positive and negative. Does this make me a people pleaser, a perfectionist or a person who lacks confidence or self-efficacy?
Please remember to give your students words of encouragement to show how much you believe in them. Trust me, they will never forget how you made them feel. Considering students' feelings and emotions is vital when teaching. In my opinion, teaching is not about following a set of procedures. It is just too complex to be that simple.