About Teacher Cadets

  • This blog was created for a student in a high school who is participating in the Teacher Cadet Program.

    The primary goal of the Teacher Cadet Program is to encourage students to consider teaching as a career. A secondary goal is to provide these students insights about teachers and schools so that they will be civic advocates of education.

    This blog was created for the student to share learning, insights, questions, and experiences they gain as they participate in the program. Links to other classroom participants are included.

    The class blog is located at: Teacher Cadets

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Hi Jeleysa,

I was really excited to see that you had read an article by Alfie Kohn; he is one of my favorites. I wasn’t aware of this article or the term unconditional teaching. I thank you for pointing me to it because I believe that term “unconditional teaching” is one that is of great value.

I know of his opposition to standardized testing that he refers to in this article. Your personal accounting of the standardized tests you took reinforces his opposition to current standardized testing. His thoughts on testing are ones that I wish more people in decision making positions would consider.

I hope you might choose also to consider more fully his thoughts on unconditional teaching. I’ve copied and pasted just a few lines of his thoughts here: “Unconditional teaching is more likely to create the conditions for children to excel. Those who know they’re valued irrespective of their accomplishments often end up accomplishing quite a lot. It’s the experience of being accepted without conditions that helps people develop a healthy confidence in themselves, a belief that it’s safe to take risks and try new things….
The moral here is that unconditional acceptance is not only something all children deserve; it’s also a powerfully effective way to help them become better people. It’s more useful, practically speaking, than any “behavior management” plan could ever be. Teaching in this way is not just a matter of how we respond to children after they do something wrong, of course. It’s about the countless gestures that let them know we’re glad to see them, that we trust and respect them, that we care what happens to them. It’s about the real (and unconditional) respect we show by asking all students what they think about how things are going, and how we might do things differently, not the selective reinforcement we offer to some students when they please us.”
I wonder if you think you’ve been in a classroom with a teacher who accepted all students unconditionally. How did that feel? Or if you haven’t, how do you think that might feel to you as a student? Would that make a difference in your learning? Can this be a guide for you as a future teacher?



Hi Lani,

I enjoyed reading Alfie Kohn. He had a great out look on Unconditional Teaching. I have always been blessed to have teachers who have treated me with unconditional teaching. It made me feel like I can achive anything. It made a huge difference in how I learned. I really think that thing would be a lot easier if we all used this technique it would help many students and teacher.



Hi Esta,
Iam sorry for not responding sooner. I completly agree with you on you either have the gift of being able to relate to your students or you don't. Many people get in this profession without really understanding that its a lot of work and you have to have a connection with your students. I think that it is wonderfull that you have came back to doing something that you enjoy.


Hi Ms.Tincher,
Sorry it took so long for me to respond. It really does make a difference when someone you look up to enjoys what they do. Im glad that someone inspired you to do what you are doing because we would be lost without you.


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