His teaching technique: Send kids to the board to do physics problems from the previous night’s homework — in front of the class. To say I dreaded being called upon understates the case. I was terrified.
One day, a girl didn’t know the answer, which to my brilliant physics teacher appeared as obvious as the sky is blue. He kept pressing her to cough up the answer. She tried to say that she didn’t know. He was unrelenting. The light bulb moment would occur; he kept insisting.
That girl cried in front of the whole class.
I cried for her inside.
The teacher was befuddled, as astonished that she didn’t know the answer as that she cried. Instead of turning on, the light bulb broke. Instead of thrilling students with physics, she hated it.
As teachers, we are positioned to humiliate kids easily. And we should never do it. Humiliation never is a good teaching technique. Nothing good comes from it. in the way of learning. Fear of being humiliated is not a good motivational technique. Avoid it always. The days of the dunce cap are done.