Académie Française

 

Effective teachers motivate their students not only to learn, but to want to learn.

A best practice comes from language instruction in the French Foreign Legion. Here’s how one platoon commander encourages his recruits:

“You will learn French fast because I am not your mother.”

And then how do you create a culture of achievement?

In one episode of The Bureau, a new undercover agent asks her handler what to do if she is unable to complete an assignment. I was quite taken with the response, apparently customary in the DGSE:

“If you can’t, go home and forget the whole thing.”

 

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