Why Helicopter Parents Get It Wrong – by Bebe Nicholson

Wikipedia defines a helicopter parent (also called a cosseting parent or simply a cosseter) as a parent who pays extremely close attention to a child’s or children’s experiences and problems, particularly at educational institutions. Paying close attention would be admirable if parents were insisting their children complete homework assignments, behave appropriately, and learn how to deal positively with failure and gracefully with success. But this isn’t what helicopter parents are doing. Instead, they’re insisting their children receive good grades without earning them and receive special accommodations without needing them.

The Three C’s and Student Achievement

(Click on title to read the complete post.) Intrinsic motivation is that which causes you or me to engage in a behavior that arises from within us because it is naturally satisfying to us. Self Determination Theory or SDT provides a complex and thorough understanding of why we do what we do, but for educators, a subset of SDT explains that intrinsic motivation is influenced by three things: having an opportunity to feel as though one has some control over one’s life, being connected in a meaningful way to others, and being provided with opportunities to feel competent. Unfortunately, (according to my non-scientific sample of one) too few American educators are familiar with something that is generally accepted motivational theory among educators around the world.

No One Forced Me to Become a Teacher

I often wonder why many of my colleagues seem so surprised by the discovery that one is unlikely to become rich in the teaching profession. In 1972, I knew I would be making less than $8000 per year, even with a master’s degree. I did not become a teacher out of avarice; rather, like many of my contemporaries, I went into teaching because it presented an opportunity to serve. “Ask not what your country can do for you…” (Click the title to see the full post)