Tuesday, December 9, 2008

No red pens teachers, it will make your students sad.

An Australian state government has come up with a set of strategies that teachers should use so they don't harm the self esteem of their students.

The "Good Mental Health Rocks" kit, which was distributed this month to about 30 schools in Queensland state, offers strategies such as "don't mark in red pen (which can be seen as aggressive) - use a different color."

Other tips include structuring time for peer tutoring every day, apologizing to students when necessary and asking students to conduct a "personal skills audit" where they focus on their individual strengths rather than their weaknesses.

Apparently the Australian's missed this study earlier this week that said that teenagers have too much self esteem and really can handle their papers being graded in red pen without feeling like they've been violated.

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