Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing
A concept developed for over thirty years
To touch lives with a calm and gentle spirit…
working seamlessly – embellishing Traditional and Suzuki Music Lessons
Igniting Sleeping Brains!
Creating fluid thinking
What is the Gas
that Runs the Motor
that Feeds the Meter?
Building a good self-image in students seems to be the desire of parents and teachers. Why not?
It’s important, right?
They try to achieve this by
pats on the head,
or even presents,
yet, with all that, the child….
‘student’s’ self-image doesn’t improve.
Their motivation might change, but their self-image isn’t easily duped.
will not feed self-esteem.
Unless the student believes the ‘praise’ and believes that he or she is worthy of that praise, it is not believable and does not to encourage self-image. Clapping when a child bows is fun for a while but it doesn’t take long before even a three year old realizes that they can do more and that the praise just isn’t important anymore.
Self -image is, in essence, only the
for what is going on inside.
The challenge is to dig deeper and find out what the motor that is being reflected in the meter actually is.
And then, we need to discover what the gas that runs the motor that feeds the meter is.
Let’s start with the meter. How a child looks at themselves ends up being the meter. It is simply a meter that measures something within. But what?
Some of the reflections of the meter are posture, joy, cleanliness, and being well-prepared.
These are all tell-tale expressions of the ‘meter’ – or self-image.
The motor is self-efficacy. I did not coin this one.
It is an important word we hardly ever hear.
Here is what it means.
Do they (the child – student) think they can do it?
Are they capable of the task before them, in their own eyes.
The meter = self-image (reflection)
The motor = self-efficacy (can I do it?)
If you peel back the ‘onion’ of our self-esteem
Emotional exertion or thought exertion are the two big gas guzzlers and willpower ‘wickers’.
Any mental engagement wicks your limited reserve.
Test yourself….complete a crossword puzzle or Sudoku and then immediately try to write an essay.
As adults, the shift is easy.
the expectations of the teachers,
and the immaturity of the other students.
(next level of discussions on the personal and unique mental wiring of each of us)