When considering the benefits of your new initiative, think also of the costs.
In business this can be a simple calculation: what are the projected costs? What is the expected revenue or saving? Does the revenue / saving exceed the cost? If so, profit.
It’s rarely ever so simple in education, but the principle is the same.
Towards the end of Elizabeth Green’s book Building a Better Teacher, she tells a story of a teacher who deals with a recalcitrant child by tolerating her slightly abusive tone, and engaging in her game until she ultimately guided the pupil to the point she had wanted all along: asking a question about a film clip they had seen, and with a more responsive tone in her voice. Green describes the exercise as being like ‘a Tai Chi deflection.’ Her telling of the story is a positive one – this is a teacher…
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