The Ada Weekly News from Ada, Oklahoma on July 23, 1970 · Page 7
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Ada, OKlahoma, Thursday, July 23, 1070 THE ADA WEEKLY NEWS Pige .7 Teachers' Fatigue, Guilt Feelings Examined In Human Relations Mini-Course By NAOMI KNICKMEYER Can "role therapy" and "game playing" explain why teachers are tired on Friday? This was the approach taken last week at a five-day mini - course on human relations conducted by Dr. Jack Nance, East Central State College education professor. The course was held from 1 until 5 p.m. daily in the cafeteria and seminar rooms of Ada High School. During the course teachers enrolled switched from subject matter and educational techniques to consider the undersurface of education -- the values and attitudes that shape relationships within the classroom. The question of why teachers are tired on Friday was raised by Wednesday's speaker. Dr. Percy T. Teska, University of Oklahoma education professor and outstanding psychotherapist. The effectiveness of role therapy and game playing in getting at -- and changing -basic attitudes was the subject of Thursday's session conducted by East Central sociology professor Ray Quiett. Other speakers during the week included OU's Glenn Snider, outlining problems of equal opportunity; Dr. George Henderson, Goldman professor of human relationships at OU, and Charles Butler, consultant for the Consultative Center at the university. The Consultative Center cooperates with .East Central each summer in presenting the human relations seminars. In posing his question about tired teachers, Dr. Teska com- in the process of teaching reading, or algebra, or English, that should in itself produce fatigue. The reason teachers "are run down by Thursday and completely worn out by Fri- day" is the -emotional conflicts and tensions that exist in any classroom, Teska suggested. The speaker went on to say that in his opinion it is "absolutely barbaric that teachers are never prepared in any way to cope .with the tensions of the classroom." "What makes teachers so tired on Friday is that they are battling an invisible force every minute of every clay -the emotional agony of a half dozen or dozen of the children in their classrooms," Teska added. In response to a question by Dr. Max Skelton, Ada superintendent of schools and one of Hie staff for the seminar, Teska also briefly discussed the "guilt feelings" of teachers -- a feeling encouraged by professional speakers who repeatedly tell them "you can do something for every single child." Teska dismissed this platitude bluntly as "a rotten, stinking, lie." He compared the professional training of a doctor who is conditioned all through medical training to accept the fact patients will die but that they must not be disturbed by this but continue to do the best they can. Teachers, too, should be conditioned to accept the fact that each day in the classroom, under each day's particular circumstances, they have done the best they can and not allow guilt feelings to fester, Teska said. In a wide - ranging discussion Teska touched on sex education and his own conviction that he could never teach such a class at any level because of the many varying values involved; the threat from the real revolutionaries among the dissident young and his theory "there is no such thing as an accident." The "no accident" theory was applied to education by Teska to explain the teacher who will put up with unruly, disruptive child in her classroom, suggesting that the tendency to accept such a situation is no accident but rather results from a suppressed desire for self punishment. The questions of values and attitudes were explored further by Quiett in the next day's session. Quiett concentrated his approach on "game playing," understanding the techniques by which individuals maneuver other individuals. Quoting a book, "I'm OK -You're OK" by Thomas A. Harris, Quiett said the book tit.le indicates one type of "life style," an essentially adult, rational approach to life. Other life styles adopted by individuals can be summed up in variations of that statement, Quiett explained. For instance, some view life essentially in terms of "I'm Not OK -- You're OK." Others act on the basic attitude "I'm OK -- You're Not OK." Some, the deeply pessimistic, who see the world darkly, think in terms of "I'm Not OK -- You're Not OK." Some transaciional role playing was involved when Quiett set the group of teachers to playing these different roles for three - minute intervals. Matched in teams of two each of the teachers got a chance to try each one of the different roles. And were asked pointedly by Quiett at the end of the session: "Did any of the roles feel particularity comfortable?" Another type of role playing was employed by Quiett later in the session: role therapy. This involves having two persons acting as advocates of opposite, extreme views of a subject. Others in the group, Quiett explained, can "double" for one of the participants, acting as sort of conscience to voice an emotion- al opinion the spokesman shys away from voicing directly. Despite the structured use of "role therapy" session conducted by two of the teacher participants, conflict obvious- ly developed in a discussion of whether or not teachers should ever fail students. Properly used in role therapy, this conflict can be used effectively to change behavior, Quiett explained. Earlier in the week, Dr. Henderson spoke to the teachers on the effect of cultural similarities and differences on students' achievements and behavior. . , During his presentation, Henderson drew effectively on his own life experience, including his own boyhood in a black slum in the Detroit area. During Friday's closing session, Butler dealt with a more specific subject, the variety of multi - ethnic and multicultural material available for classroom use. The mini - course wound up with a summary of purposes and results by Dr. Nance. Workers Needed For Harvest Of Broomcorn The Oklahoma State Employ-1 Grocery parking lot, Chickasaw ment Office reports an urgent j and Second Streets in Lindsay, need for approximately .WO : a n d will remain open seven days broomcorn workers in the Lindu i u u i i n - y i . i J » w i r \ c i o i i t i i ( t i j i i i u , , . ., say - Maysville area. The har- ; P e r week dunn § the e n t l r e harvest is rapidly increasing to vest season to provide informa- Thomason Wins Sales Award Howard C. Thomason, Ada, district agent of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., was cited July 20 for outstanding life insurance sales among the company's more than 2500 agents coast - to -j coast during the 1969-70 agents' full scale activity which is re-lion and referrals to specific suiting in the worker shortage.!areas of harvest activity The broomcorn crop prospects! have improved following the 1 , L ° cal residents may receive rain received last weekend a n d ; d a l ' y up-to-date harvest i n f e r - j , , jobs should be available through mat ' on b - v contacting the local | f a T h September. The average work-: em P |0 y ment offlce 114 East day is 10 or more hours per dav'|_ l: _j with jobs available seven day's i Federal authorities estimate honor year. He is associated with the Robert E. 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