How to Teach a Child to Become a Superhero

A Teacher's Reflections

Superheroes.  Every child wants to be a Superhero.  Ask a child, “What does a Superhero do?” and you will hear everything from “save the day” to “help people” to “get the bad guys.”  These are good things, and Superheros are icons of goodness.

In a child’s eyes, that means doing the right thing.

The problem is, their whole life–all four years–has stressed “Do the right thing!”  A constant reminder of what to do, and what not to do, can often make children feel frustrated.  Even worse, feelings of not measuring up creep in.

I assume, right off the bat, that a child is filled with goodness.  And much more:

Kindness, check.

Helpfulness, check.

Bravery, check.

The check list goes on and on.

Whether or not these are true, a child lives up to our expectations. Knowing that a teacher thinks they measure up with all the “right stuff” is nothing…

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