In a workshop day with a fantastic group of educators, there was a comment on how to differentiate for our “high, mid, and low students.” This language is something that I have used before because when looking at what we teach, it is easy to fall into this trap.
If we look at who we teach, what we should realize that ALL of our students (as well as adults) are high, mid, and low, in different areas of life. If we look to find the “high” areas in all of our students, the “lows” have a stronger potential of becoming better.
If you were to come to work each day and were categorized as either “high, mid, or low,” it might not be a place where you would feel comfortable being on a regular basis. On the other hand, if you worked in a place that went looking and building on your areas of strength, and felt valued, and supported in growing your areas of weakness, you would probably be more eager to be present, daily.
A little rule that I try to follow when thinking about education. If we wouldn’t want something done to us as adults, we probably shouldn’t do it to our students.
Source: George Couros