Book Review: “No Teacher Left Behind — Keeping Up With and Captivating ‘Generation Next’ in the Classroom” By Bryan Fiese
October 22, 2012 07:39 PM EDT
“These kids today that you are teaching, have been micro-managed from day one,” begins a video on the MotivatedTeacher.com website (http://www.motivatedteacher.com), “. . .They’re showing up in your classroom, looking you in the eye and saying: ‘You better lead me.’”
Current societal trends of having less children and having those children later in life — combined with their Generation X parents’ proclivity for empowering their offspring in family decision-making processes — have produced a school-aged generation that’s brighter, more precocious and more connected to the Information Superhighway than any that has come before.
Bryan Fiese has formulated an extremely motivating style of imparting information that is highly geared toward capturing the attention of these bright, new students which has taken the teaching profession by storm and spawned hundreds of seminars slated to preparing today’s teachers for the challenges they will meet in their classrooms. Now, Bryan is offering these golden nuggets in book form that all parents, grandparents and teachers should be reading if they want to put and keep their kids on top of the learning curve.
Bryan’s methods don’t just work for teaching kids in a classroom situation. His people-managing skills are universal and can help anyone just trying to get along in the world…
His “skill-based learning” model tells us that only 7% of kids in the classroom are actually listening to the words the teacher is saying. 38% are listening solely to the “tone” and inflection of the words being spoken but, 55% are watching the teacher’s body language for cues. It then becomes very important that the teacher have all of these skills down pat if s/he really wants to see actual learning happening.
I have my own experiences with this “body language of the teacher” principle…
When I was in high school, drama was my favorite class — bar none. Our teacher (for all three years) was a dear, humble man for whom all of us students felt a great deal of affection. He tolerated a lot of antics on our parts, not the least of which was one of my little stunts wherein I would say each word he was saying at the exact moment that he said it. He tried “fooling” me by starting to say one word and then quickly switching to another but it never worked. I could see the “fake” coming a mile away as I kept right up with him, word-for-word.
How did I know what our teacher was going to say BEFORE he said it? Two words: “Body Language”. Although they didn’t really have a name for it in my day, that’s what it was… I would watch for his hand gestures, his “stalling” gestures (touching his forehead with the tips of his fingers, straightening his tie, etc.) and his breathing cues — all of which made me able to say each and every word he was going to say before it came out of his mouth.
So I know how important body language is — especially to young people in a learning situation.
This is why I have always advocated dance classes for youngsters. Dance teaches body discipline and something my mother would have called “good carriage” — the way you hold and move your body — the tilt of your head, your hand gestures, the way you walk, all convey loads of information about you and how you feel about the “message” you’re trying to get across.
Bryan Fiese incorporates all of the variables in a wonderfully engaging style that is uniquely his — full of humor and enthusiasm and, before you know it, you’ve actually LEARNED SOMETHING.
Everyone, and I do mean “EVERYONE”, will benefit greatly from reading (and studying) “No Teacher Left Behind” — if you have kids or grandkids in school or not.
For information on how to obtain Bryan’s indispensable book, go to http://www.MotivatedTeacher.com and be sure to watch the short video there — I know you’ll appreciate it and you’ll thank Bryan AND me for sending you!
While you’re at it, visit Bryan’s other great informational webpages: