Encouragement and expectation
The power of expectation cannot be overestimated. It is well known and has been called the Pygmalion effect. Your expectations of your student is a key factor in how well he performs in his school work.
In an actual test conducted, teachers were told that certain students in a class were gifted and need to be challenged in order to excel. The teachers complied and at the end of a period when the students were given an examination they performed very well. In actual fact the students identified as gifted were just average students. Some were in fact previously labelled as poor students. The new found sense of being sure that they were smart (instilled by the teacher) made the difference.
In other words, once an expectation is set, even if it is not accurate, the student will act in ways that are consistent with that expectation. Surprisingly the result is that the expectation, as if by magic, comes true.
The dyslexic child will be able to accomplish a great deal if he believes he is smart and starts to tap into his vast potential. You as his parent or tutor should instill in him that he is special and that you expect him to do well. This is especially important as his classmates will be constantly taunting him and calling him stupid.
The Pygmalion effect enables a student to excel in response to the teacher’s message that he is smart and is capable of success and expected to succeed. When the teacher holds positive expectations about his student, he helps the student improve his self-esteem. The student believes he can succeed and his performance rises to the level of his own expectation
This idea is also known as "the self-fulfilling prophecy". When you believe your student will perform well, in some strange magical way he does. There is enough experimental data to suggest that the self-fulfilling prophecy is true and you do not have to try and reinvent the wheel. Just believe and expect your student to excel in his studies. Keep motivating him by encouraging him daily.
The Pygmalion effect is portrayed in the movie “My fair lady.” In the movie Professor Henry Higgins claims he can take a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, and turn her into a duchess.
In the movie Eliza says to Higgin’s friend Pickering, "You see, really and truly, apart from the things anyone can pick up, the difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves but how she's treated. I shall always be a flower girl to Professor Higgins, because he always treats me as a flower girl, and always will, but I know I can be a lady to you because you always treat me as a lady, and always will."
As a wise man had put it, "Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be."
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