This week I was really inspired by a piece that Kathy Cuff wrote for the Blanchard LeaderChat site, “Got a new employee? 3 ways to show you care.“
Here is Kathy’s list of those 3 ways:
1. Never reprimand a learner.
2. Let the employee know it’s okay to make mistakes—that you “have their back.”
3. Praise progress.
I really like that list. Kathy wrote this for new employees, but it got me to thinking about learners in general and how this list really applies to anyone learning something new. Sometimes in education we get so caught up in arguing about pedagogical orientation and instructional methodology that we sort of forget about the basics. And sometimes in education technology we are busy thinking about devices and features and benefits and we lose sight of the actual person using those devices.
So for this Friday, let’s consider getting back to the basics that Kathy recommends. Those three simple rules are what each and every one of us can do to make our students feel good, even when they are learning new and difficult things. Help build their confidence, even when they make novice mistakes. Let them know that someone is on their side. It’s what we would want for ourselves as learners, right?
How about a Friday feel-good?