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GRE Analyze Issue;Best way to teach- praise positive actions and ignore negative ones


shadman19922 21 / 74 10  
Jul 13, 2013   #1
Prompt:
"The best way to teach is to praise positive actions and ignore negative ones"

Response:
Teaching is much more than the mere repetition or paraphrasing of known facts.
A proper way to teach is to make a student, or student, body interested in whatever is being taught. To teach properly is to make the learning process memorable. Now, I agree that the best way to teach is to praise positive actions. However, Negative actions cannot simply be ignored. Rather the source of the proverbial weed must be identified and rooted quickly.

Let us discuss why it is important to praise positive actions. First, praising positive action of a student (or students) points out what should be done in a class. Repeated praises for such actions, can often lead to other students picking up that habit and Such positive actions help maintain the flow of the teaching and learning process. Some actions, may reinforce important points and augment the teaching process. Given the cumulative effect of these three outcomes, an environment can be conducine for learning. Let us take a common action which occurs during teaching: Questions. Questions and answers are an important way of reinforcing and summarizing important points. Any student who asks pertinent questions should be praised, so that some points are repeated in the answer. Also, the habit of questioning may spread quickly to other people, resulting in an increasing freuqency of questioning and may even cause a mutual classroom discussion, a most effective way to learn.

Now onto negative actions. Simply ignoring negative actions is not the key to diminishing their effects. Why? If a negative action is simply ignored and nothing else is done about it, the root of negative actions may pervade the environment. If this happens, a negative action may be repeated over and over again, with increasing frequency. This may disrupt the flow of the teaching process. Secondly, Other people may pick it up quickly and the negative action may have a worse effect. If not dealt with celerity, and entire 'class' can become completely degenerate and uncontrollable. Therefore, as I have explained, the mere existence of negative actions may cause very little to be conveyed and the entire process will become a fiasco. For example, in the 8th grade, some students used to misbehave during Language Classes. Intitially, the teahcer chose to overlook the mischief caused by some of the rowdier students. However, chatting and small time affrontery qucikly developed into clamorous actions: Stomping on the floor, throwing pens and sharp objects, and the like. And the teacher was simply unable to stop such catastrophe at any time.

Instead of ignoring wanton actions, such actions must be panned and the root of it all qucikly taken care of. This will ensure that nothing bad happens.

Therefore, in conlcusion, I only agree with the first half of the recommendation. Good actions must be praised in order to create a more conduvine learning and teaching environment and bad actions must be taken care of quickly in order to prevent future uproars.
ldlsky03 8 / 16 2  
Jul 13, 2013   #2
a student, or student, body

=> students

freuqency

=> frequency

teahcer

=> teacher

conducine

=> ?
jkjeremy - / 380 72  
Jul 13, 2013   #3
I don't want you to give up.

Are you online now? If not, when will you have an hour free?

I'd like to walk you through this.
OP shadman19922 21 / 74 10  
Jul 13, 2013   #4
jkjeremy If you want to talk to me personally, I can try to make some time. It's summer vacation. However, it all depends on which part of the world you live and when you are free. I'm a bit loath to share my email address in such a public place like this. I don't know whether this site has a personal messaging system

I can make a new email add. and share it here, we can contact via that address.

@Idlsky those are typos I hope to fix overtime, I didn't fix mistakes before I posted it so that anyone can see and critique any mistake I make. Anyways, thanks. But I'd also like to know if there is any way I can fix the content of the essay
jkjeremy - / 380 72  
Jul 13, 2013   #5
jkjeremy If you want to talk to me personally, I can try to make some time. It's summer vacation. However, it all depends on which part of the world you live and when you are free. I'm a bit loath to share my email address in such a public place like this. I don't know whether this site has a personal messaging system

---I can understand why you wouldn't want to share your email.

---I'm on Pacific time (United States).

---There doesn't appear to be a PM function here. If I start my own site, there will be a way to communicate privately.

Summer vacation? Just how important is this test? I'm volunteering to spend an hour of my own spare time helping you.

Anyway, if your essay was as clear as the message I've quoted above, you'd be in much better shape.

You seem like the kind of person who changes his writing style based on the setting. Without going into an essay of my own, I'd suggest writing in your OWN voice. Your informal writing appears to be clearer and more effective than your formal writing style.
OP shadman19922 21 / 74 10  
Jul 13, 2013   #6
Well, I prioritize the GRE highly. I will apply for science programs which may put more emphasis on what I get in the math section. But I'm determined to get good scores all around.

I'll be appearing for the test in September.
dumi 1 / 6,927 1592  
Jul 16, 2013   #7
A proper way to teach is to make a student, or student, body interested in whatever is being taught. To teach properly is to make the learning process memorable. Now, I agree that the best way to teach is to praise positive actions. However, Negative actions cannot simply be ignored. Rather the source of the proverbial weed must be identified and rooted quickly.

... Well... I think you need to strengthen the link between the first two lines with the latter. Improve their relevance to your argument.
I found the following links that help students prepare for GRE task of Analyze an Issue. The second link would provide you with a scoring guide.


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