Running a classroom and running a business have interesting parallels for what works best to cultivate intrinsic motivation, effective productivity, and successful performance. Whether we’re students or employees, we need supportive conditions to achieve know-how and expertise.
On the education front, Dr. MaryEllen Vogt has examined the effect of how teachers’ perception of their students’ aptitude influenced their classroom approach. She found that when students were perceived as high performers, teachers:
- talked less and encouraged more interactions among students,
- allowed for more creative and generative approaches to learning,
- offered opportunities for independent work,
- had warmer and more personal relationships with students, and
- spent little time on behavior or classroom management issues.
When teachers saw their students as low performers, they:
- prepared more structured lessons,
- allowed fewer opportunities for student creativity,
- covered less content,
- rewarded students for “trying hard” rather than for “good thinking,”
- spent a significant amount of time on behavior and management issues, and
- had less congenial relationships with students due to their heavy emphasis on discipline.Source: Karen Tankersley, Literacy Strategies for Grades 4-12