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The Trap of Tradition

by Dennis Demuth on 09/14/18

A certain variety of caterpillar forages for food in a single file, each caterpillar with his head in firm contract with the tail of the one in front of him. They proceed in this fashion until the leader has located a feeding area. 

One day a naturalist placed a line of processionary caterpillars, as they are called, on the rim of a flowerpot, and succeeded in getting the head of the leader connected with the tail of the one at the end of the line. 

The caterpillars then formed an unbroken circle around the rim of the flowerpot. They proceeded to march without stopping for many hours. Each of the creatures apparently was depending upon the one in front of him to lead the way to food. They kept on until they dropped from fatigue.

Now that school has been in session for a few weeks, do you find yourself caught in the habit of approaching your lessons in the same fashion? Maybe it is time for a change. Adding variety to your daily instructional activities will foster a greater level of motivation and enthusiasm.

One way to vary instruction is to change your reinforcers. Try something different. See our website under professional development for suggestions. 

A third way is to use student ideas. When this happens student interest will increase and the content will be more relevant. The Internet is full of suggestions on how to add variety to your instruction.


     Finally, allow the Holy Spirit to be your team teacher and give you creative ideas. When released in the classroom the Holy Spirit will quicken understanding (1 Cor. 2:9-16; Isa. 11:2). Secondly, according to the Word of God, the Holy Spirit will offer new patterns of thinking and acting. (2 Cor. 5:17). If you want creativity to flow in your classroom, let your team teacher offer new ways of doing things. And thirdly, the Holy Spirit as your team teacher will facilitate teaching and make learning happen (1 John 2:20-27). To facilitate means to make things easier. Not only do you want things to go easier in the classroom, so do your students. 


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