Every Child Deserves a Champion (3260)

Rita Pierson, in my opinion, does a wonderful job of motivating educators to consistently believe in their students.  In her May 2013 TED Talk she stated, “Every child deserves a champion:  an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.”

I don’t think this is any different for adult learners – every learner wants to feel valued through a connection that is personal and authentic in its context.  When we feel valued we are motivated to achieve our goals.  When someone believes in you there is a sense of empowerment to apply oneself knowing we are supported and a confidence in our abilities has been validated.

But believing in students alone is not enough (Shouse, 1996) and must be coupled with a learning environment that is safe, respectful and open resulting in limitless student potential.


Pierson, R. (May 2013).  Every kid needs a champion.  Retrieved from:       www.ted.com/playlists/182/talks_from_inspiring_teachers

Shouse R.B. (1996).  Academic press and sense of community:  Conflict, congruence, and implications for student achievement. Social Psychology of Education, 1(1), 47-68.


About bevstanwood

I am a student of VCC's Provincial Instructor Diploma Program. I began the program in July 2015 and am currently working on course content that requires posting my assignments, journal entries and resources on a personal blog site.
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