200 PRINCIPALS APPLAUD DR DEMARTINI'S MESSAGE OF INSPIRED TEACHING
Dr. John Demartini's teaching method was well received by 200 of Gauteng's school principals when he spoke at their annual end-of-year get-together at the Inanda Club in Johannesburg recently. He was hosted by District Director Raymond Martin from the Johannesburg East District of the Gauteng Education Department.
In order to relate to some of the challenges facing some of the township school principals and teachers, Dr. Demartini's talk was preceded by a tour of two schools in Ivory Park in Tembisa, South Africa.
As a behaviour expert and an inspiring teacher himself, Dr. Demartini was enthused to give his time and expertise to present a method of teaching that is rooted intrinsically in the behaviour of all people.
He initially drew in his audience by sharing his own story of childhood learning difficulties.
"I was told by one of my primary school teachers I would never read, write, go very far or amount to anything in life. Discouraged and frustrated, I eventually dropped out of school at age 14. It wasn't until I was 18 did I learn to read and write. I finished school, achieved aUniversity education and I've spent the last 40 years researching, teaching, consulting and authoring books on leadership and maximising human awareness and potential."
Dr. Demartini explained that every individual has a hierarchy of values or a list of priorities they live by. He emphasised how important it is for teachers to teach children in their individual highest values to keep them interested, inspired, disciplined and focused. This led up to the crucial message that whatever is highest on their students' values is where their genius resides.
He said if a teacher does not take the time to communicate in a student's highest values (the areas of their lives that the student values most); they may end up unconsciously projecting their own values onto the student. This will result in the student having a level of resistance to the learning process. However, if the teacher is inspired by the curriculum and is caring enough to communicate in terms of each student's highest values, it becomes inspiring for the teacher to teach and the student to learn.
In his thank you speech, Martin expressed how grateful they would be if Dr. Demartini could work further with the Education Department and share his wisdom with all the teachers in his district. With education so close to Dr Demartini's heart he has allocated slots throughout 2013 to work not only with the teachers but also with senior school students across Gauteng.