Student potential?

The sweet spot in education is when the student and teacher resonate in the moments a student’s potential appears, unfolds, and flourishes. The best teachers, experienced or novice, know how to recognize and nurture student potential. Emotion Mining tools enable students and teachers to begin and end every week on the same page, focused on student passions and unfulfilled aspirations.

I was not a groupie in school. From my earliest years in elementary school, individuals interested me. The richest memories I have are of relationships formed with students at the top of the heap and at the bottom of the heap.

Being in the top heap, I recall the admiration and competition I felt toward my peers, but also the attention I received from teachers who took moments of time to show me my potential in different ways. I gained confidence through the good-natured, wry, wise, understated, personal moments of attention they afforded me.

The other individuals who fill my memories are the students at the bottom of the heap. I acutely felt their sluggish acceptance and embarrassment as they were lined up to go for ‘special reading’ week after week. I was seared to my soul when one sat motionless and voiceless in the open window of our second floor third grade classroom, while the rest of us were instructed to retreat to the other end of the room. With another, I shared the joy and ecstasy of spending a summer afternoon collecting pockets full of green nickels discovered under abandoned candy machines, which were found in an old shack deep in the woods next to our town pool.

What is remarkable to me is that I have no such volume nor richness of memories about my classmates in the middle of the heap. I know they were there, and recognize almost all of their names. But no stories.

This is what it must be like for teachers. The middle third of the class can be almost invisible, especially for teachers with limited resources of time and mental energy.

What if the motivational potential of each and every student can be measured and explained in a routine, reliable, versatile, and scalable way? What if teachers — experienced and novice, strong and weak — can begin their all-important moments with a student already knowing their subconscious truth and heart-of-the-matter? This is their deep-seated passion and unfulfilled aspiration regarding any topic posed as ‘How does SOMETHING of DOING SOMETHING make you feel?’

Here are some specific topics that can be used in a secondary school:

How does THE BEST ASPECT OF SCHOOL make you feel?
How does THE WORST ASPECT OF SCHOOL make you feel?
How does YOUR TEACHER make you feel?
How does YOUR CLASSMATES make you feel?
How does YOUR CLASSROOM make you feel?
How does RECESS make you feel?
How does YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT make you feel?
How does YOUR LEAST FAVORITE SUBJECT make you feel?
How does HOMEWORK make you feel?
How does YOUR SUPPORT AT HOME make you feel?
How does COMING TO SCHOOL make you feel?

Through use of Emovera and Emotion Mining tools that invite responses to topics such as these, I believe more student-teacher interactions can be turned into the prized ‘moments’ described above. Fresh insights and energies can activate and advance the student-teacher relationship in a routine and reliable way.

Educators in administrative, district, state, and national positions also have much to gain in targeting the deep-seated passions and unfulfilled aspirations of students. Aggregated measurement of these factors permit determination (and tracking) of the subconscious Mindset (Rational, Social, Personal, Physical); Word Cloud (Concepts, Keywords); Satisfaction (Enjoyment, Interest, Commitment, Passion); Engagement (Inclination, Outlook, Energy); and Motivational Potential (Conscious Say, Subconscious Seek) of student groups over time.

What if teacher bonuses can be tied to surpassing norms of these metrics established and maintained at the local, district, state, and national level?

What if parents can participate in the digital dialogue between student-teacher-administrator, and be equipped to take ultimate responsibility for the hearts, minds, and souls of their student children?

Then, education reform can be geared to realizing student potential.

To learn more about the science behind Emovera and Emotion Mining, and the ability of these tools to identify subconscious truths, please contact us.

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