Taking Corrections with Grace

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sometimes it is easy to have a love/hate relationship with corrections. And, as an adult, it can be frustrating to be corrected about something that it might feel we have limited control over - i.e., turnout. Additionally, some teachers are naturally more crass than others.  While teenagers are sometimes more willing to 'take it', we adults have been out in the workforce or keeping children in line all day, and have much less patience if our class time feels antagonistic.

But let's remember the bottom line: corrections are our friend. Corrections are what keep us moving forward and getting better. And, even if a teacher says something in a way we don't care for sometimes, they are giving us attention through that correction, which means they see that we have potential. As a student, they always say the time to worry is when a teacher doesn't address you at all.

You should always feel comfortable enough with your teacher to address certain issues (privately, after class). If you really feel like you are being pushed in a way that isn't beneficial, talk to your teacher and let them know how you feel. If you would like MORE corrections and feel like you aren't getting enough, again let them know. Most of the time your teacher will be willing to work with you, or maybe they could give you more insight into a correction (it's not just the amount of turnout, but how you are turning out).

The thing teachers love to see are the people that take corrections and utilize them. If you do this to the best of your ability, it is likely the teacher will want to work with you more and more simply because it makes their work fun too!

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