“If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.”Johann Goethe.

The fear of failure accompagnies a great number of students who become fearful adults without acknowledging the fact that their teachers should have helped them in any way possible so,  at least feel at ease with their inability  to overcome failure.


Teaching time is limited from many aspects  when the curriculum confine’s the teacher’s freedom to devote more time on those students whose emotional disturbance may transform their class into a real Zoo class. Giving time to the whole class to cool off may seem to be a good sign but the worse is to follow. This happens when students with a great deal of emotional disturbance seem unable to follow the class rules and be respectful towards the others. Here there is a lack of social skills and family issues most of times are related  so the teachers have to find the solution. The list of strategies is endless but a behavioral contract is needed so students get used to a specific way of action when they take orders on how to deal with a task.

These type of students are usually found on cloud nine and seem to be detached from reality.


In order their students avoid that  feeling of anxiety which generated a distorted reality the teachers’ role is to determine the cause if possible and help them to perceive things and the situation as it really is. Positive thinking is a good way to uplift students’ negativity and offers the chance for improvement and more room for thinking before acting. Every now and then students need that compliment comment to make them feel that they are different in a unique way , this means acceptance from the teachers’ part for what they really are, their quality of thinking and acting.

 John Locke ( 1632 -1704) the  English philosopher and physician, with his Essay Concerning Human Understanding restated the importance of the experience of the senses over speculation and sets out the case that the human mind at birth is a complete, but receptive, blank slate ( scraped tablet or tabula rasa ) upon which experience imprints knowledge.
Locke argued that people acquire knowledge from the information about the objects in the world that our senses bring. People begin with simple ideas and then combine them into more complex ones.

Since this is the case students who are afraid of expressing themselves or who experience a phase of awakening may be benefited by teachers who spend quality time on activities that promote thinking techniques and explore new forms of ideas.

Persuasive suggestions combined with a plan of time expectations by the teachers’ part influence the overall performance and bring good rapports and harmony in any teaching environment.


Telling mesmerizing stories is a good tactic to keep those students who have failure issues of any kind, alert and engage their five senses so they awaken their curiosity and show good manners.Presenting new innovative ideas attracts the students’ interest combined with  the art of questioning is a good way to keep them busy.

Till next Friday’s Rock Post trigger your students’ emotions and show to them how trustworthy you are, by feeling their inner thinking!



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