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Responding to Resistance

November 8, 2015

I appreciated Brookfield’s feelings of inadequacies due to students’ resistance to learning within the classroom. It was refreshing to hear another teacher reflect on how they feel when students sit in the classroom clearly uninterested in being engaged. Although this may be due to ineffective teaching, at times no matter what you do to draw them in so that they will better understand the material, the student chooses not to become involved. Brookfield relays that this may be due to their poor self-image as a learner, fear of the unknown , normal rhythm of learning, disjunction of learning and teaching styles, apparent irrelevance of the learning activity, inappropriate level of learning, fear of looking foolish in public, and fear of cultural suicide. Within my classes, I have seen each of these students; some of whom have become more involved once supported, while others have not. As Brookfield notes, although this may be frustrating, if you have done all you can to engage them then they are adults and it is up to them to move past their issues; and if they cannot then there is nothing you can do.

Brookfield, S., (2006). The Skillful Teacher: On Trust, Technique and Responsiveness in the Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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