The Influence Of Simple Remarks From Teachers In Developing Children

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Starting from when we are just babies we learn habits from those around us, we continue do this we grow and start to form our own habits. We learn to walk and talk from our parents, to compete with others from our friends or siblings. But some of our more serious habits can be learned from those we are trying to help us succeed such as our teachers. Starting from preschool and never ending our teachers tell us that we should finish all of our homework and do it right, to make a perfect score on all of our tests but what is the result of this? By growing up with our teachers telling us to be perfect we learn to become perfectionist which can, as Cameron explains, keep up in a never ending circle.(120) With the perfectionist attitude not only is our ability to complete projects affected, but also our censor. Our censor is what Cameron describes as the voice inside of us that comments on everything we do. (11) It is our “Internal Critic.”(Cameron, 11) but it is affected by the habits we pick up. With our teachers telling us to be perfect our censor is morphed into a negative voice that only tells us how bad we are doing, how we could always do better, how we never will be able to be happy with what we accomplish. Starting at an early age teachers need to nurture kids by being aware of the wrong way to critic kids, allow us to avoid a perfectionist mindset by showing us that mistakes are acceptable, encouraging us and helping to form a positive voice for our censor, while also being aware of the medical issues that can come up with being a perfectionist and allowing the formation of our censor to be negative.
Initially when we start school we are carefree and only have the blind enthusiasm to grow up and learn anything possible. But as we get farther into the years of our lives we are influenced by our teachers and thus by their unrelenting need for perfection forms our censor to the negative perfectionist mindset. Teachers need to be aware of the negative criticism, so that when a child makes a mistake they can move on without the constant feelings of not being perfect because of the pressure the teacher put on them. When I was in preschool we performed a thanksgiving play, where all of my family came too, but when I was practicing with all of the others my teachers would always stop us and critic all of our performances reminding us how each of our parts are important and the play depends on us. But as a child having your teacher tell you what you’re doing wrong and how your parents will be disappointed when you mess up is not something you want to hear and it can damaging. Teachers should be careful in how they help children correct their mistakes, all it takes is one comment for a child to completely change their outlook on everything they do. As a teacher it is their responsibility to help kids learn what they need to be prepared for the “Real World” but by criticizing children in the wrong way a child can become a perfectionist and never be...

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