Thursday, September 16, 2010

Inspired By Marva Collins (Back2Blogging Day 4-Writer's Workshop)

This post is Day 4 of The SITS Back To Blogging challenge as well as Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.--post about a woman who inspires you.

Marva Collins Inspired Me

A long time go I saw "The Marva Collins Way" on TV and was so impressed by her teaching style that I took notes and kept them in my purse! She taught school in Chicago and became frustrated with the school system, so opened her own school which became successful.

Here is the list of notes I took from watching the movie which I try to apply when teaching Sunday School where applicable.
  1. Give praise and positive reinforcement.
  2. Have high expectations.
  3. Always keep things fresh even if you taught the material before.
  4. No homework = no grade.
  5. Give short homework assignments every day.
  6. Give prompt feedback.
  7. Give personal attention--say something nice before correcting errors.
  8. Use class time effectively.
  9. Don't give up--every child will learn in this class.

You can read her biography at Cheap DVD of The Marva Collins Story is at

Other two women who inspired me are Debbie Macomber with her book One Simple Act--Discovering the Power of Generosity and Victoria Osteen through her book, Love Your Life--Living Happy, Healthy & Whole.

Over at SITS there is a giveaway going on in connection with "Back To Blogging." The giveaway is a washer and dryer from sponsors, Standards of Excellence, Westar Kitchen and Bath, and Florida Builder Appliances.

Other related posts of mine with this Back2Blogging challenge:
Day 1--The First Blog Post I Ever Wrote
Day 2--Lenore, The Love of His Life
Day 3--A Title I Am Proud Of: Why Wash Your Car
Day 5--Why Do I Blog? Good Question!

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Laura @ The Things I Said I'd Never Do said...

There needs to be more teachers like that in this world. It would make kids excited to learn!

paulakiger said...
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paulakiger said...

I think my 11 year old boy would disagree that a little homework every day is a good thing! But Marva is probably more right than him. I enjoyed reading about the women who inspire you!

Cheryl said...

It seems like individual attention is falling by the wayside, w/ HUGE class sizes and No Child Left Behind. It's very sad.

BeadedTail said...

Those are all very great ways to teach and they can be used in other aspects of life too. I can see why you took notes and kept them and glad you can use them when teaching Sunday School!

Unknown said...

Wow, the Marva Collins style of teaching is interesting. It's refreshing to read about the positive ways to inspire kids and to teach them. I'm sure that she must've had great success with he methods :) What a great role model you chose!

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