- What are you thinking when you are asked to do something you do not want to do?
- What are you thinking when you are asked to work with other students with whom you do not Get Along?
- How do you react to lessons when you do not feel well?
- How do you show interest in something in which you are otherwise not interested?
All of these come into play when I am sitting as a student, as well - whether in a professional development setting, a faculty meeting, or a teacher forum of some sort. Sadly, the same is true when I sit in a Bible class or worship service.
There are always times when it might be easier to sit and let the activity go along with out me. Around me. It might be easier to let my peers handle the situation without my help. It's especially easy when I don't know what's going on.
So here I have developed the S.P.I.K.E.S. breakdown of the Participate behavior that is expected of Joplin students. Rather than simply state the expectation and expect participation from my students, I understand that it is important to teach the skills involved. In this, I hope my students will be better equipped for class and for the future.