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"Self-Expression" - Paulo Zerbato/2011
Birkinshaw, Scott, Countering Boredom, Natural Human Interests
Natural Human Interests: Self-Expression
Intro: According to our text, boredom is one of the major elements in most classrooms which lead to gaps in classroom management. When students are uninterested in the lesson they will not learn. This leads to wasting valuable classroom time and it often leads students to misbehavior. There are four natural human interests that teachers can tap into to stave off boredom. These are the drive for mastery, the drive to understand, the drive to relate, and the drive for self-expression. For the topic of this wiki, I chose to focus on self-expression because I believe it holds the most opportunity for teachers to come up with creative ways for students to share their individuality. This makes the classroom environment fresh and vibrant, killing boredom.
5 very important things I learned about student self-expression:
1. A student can express himself or herself even when the original work is not their own. For example; if a student is reciting Shakespeare, that student can put his or her own personal interpretation of emotion and context into the reading.
2. There is a major difference between fostering creativity and encouraging self-expression. Creativity is an inherent resource in humans. Students use their creativity to find unique ways to express themselves.
3. Human self-expression is not a thing which all people show in a universal fashion. It is influenced heavily by culture. This is something to keep in mind when taking the diversity of a classroom into consideration.
4. Expressing yourself is finding the courage to tell an untold story that lies within. In a classroom, it is about developing a voice.
5. Artistic self-expression can be a miraculous way for a person without a conventional voice to find a mode for communicating their emotions and thoughts.
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