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.