Teacher’s Guide: Learn EASY magic for the classroom

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After the MAGIC program:


Mr. Hamilton has just left the stage. His audience — your students — loved the show and were given pause to think by his message of self-esteem and determination. As a concerned educator, you ask yourself “How can I keep my students focused on the belief that they are somebody?

Few people realize how important this is. Many problems you might face with your students can be traced back to a lack of self-esteem. From inattentiveness in class to drug use and gang violence, low self-esteem plays a major role.

You can do something to help your students recognize they are worthwhile. LISTEN TO THEM.

Feelings of worthlessness come from receiving scant attention from people they come in contact with, signifying to them that the world at large sees them as “a waste of time”. When they believe themselves to be a waste of time, then you’ve lost them — to drugs, to aberrant, often violent behavior, or a total withdrawal from society and responsibility.

I will not presume to know the most feasible way for you to bring about this interaction between you and your students, but it is VITAL that it be done. All children are at risk. It doesn’t matter if they’ve never taken an illegal drug, never run with a gang, or never even acted up in class. All the things that can destroy the next generation are out there preying upon children’s weaknesses.

If you see a problem, a change in behavior, a marked drop in study habits or grades, ask them the time-honored question, “Is something wrong?” Let them know that you do care, and most important, that whatever they tell you is just between you and them. Although you advise them that it’s important their parents, principal or other authority be made aware of the problem, this must be their decision. If they feel they can’t trust you, you’ll never reach them. Take the time to explain why Mother or Dr.Jones or whomever needs to know.

Following are QUESTIONS you ASK YOUR CLASS after the performance, which will start them thinking about themselves and their behavior (whether actual or possible future behavior). If you tell them beforehand that there are no “wrong” answers, and that they will not be penalized or criticized for an honest answer, their responses should give a good idea of what they truly think and FEEL.

1) Why do people use drugs? Why would you use drugs?

2) Besides getting high or being part of the crowd, what does a person see in using drugs?

3) If the use of all drugs was made legal tomorrow, would it still be “wrong” to use them? Why? Why not?

4) People who abuse drugs often say that they’re “not hurting anybody.” Do you feel this is true? Why? Why not?

 

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Teacher  guides available for Black History Month program, READING/Literacy   program, or Character Education (anti-drug/alcohol/tobacco/violence) program, and you may request one in advance.

Or, you   can print the guides below:

“Magic With a Message”

After the magic program: Mr. Hamilton has just left the stage. His audience —   your students — loved the show and were given pause to think by his message   of self-esteem and determination. As a concerned educator, you ask yourself   “How can I keep my students focused on the belief that they are   somebody?

Few people realize how important this is. Many problems you might face with   your students can be traced back to a lack of self-esteem. From   inattentiveness in class to drug use and gang violence, low self-esteem plays   a major role.

You can do something to help your students recognize they are worthwhile.   LISTEN TO THEM.

Feelings of worthlessness come from receiving scant attention from people   they come in contact with, signifying to them that the world at large sees   them as “a waste of time”. When they believe themselves to be a   waste of time, then you’ve lost them — to drugs, to aberrant, often violent   behavior, or a total withdrawal from society and responsibility.

I will not presume to know the most feasible way for you to bring about this   interaction between you and your students, but it is VITAL that it be done.   All children are at risk. It doesn’t matter if they’ve never taken an illegal   drug, never run with a gang, or never even acted up in class. All the things   that can destroy the next generation are out there preying upon children’s   weaknesses.

If you see a problem, a change in behavior, a marked drop in study habits or   grades, ask them the time-honored question, “Is something wrong?”   Let them know that you do care, and most important, that whatever they tell   you is just between you and them. Although you advise them that it’s   important their parents, principal or other authority be made aware of the   problem, this must be their decision. If they feel they can’t trust you,   you’ll never reach them. Take the time to explain why Mother or Dr.Jones or   whomever needs to know.

Following are questions you ask your class after the performance, which will   start them thinking about themselves and their behavior (whether actual or   possible future behavior). If you tell them beforehand that there are no   “wrong” answers, and that they will not be penalized or criticized   for an honest answer, their responses should give a good idea of what they   truly think and FEEL.

1) Why do people use drugs? Why would you use drugs?

2) Besides getting high or being part of the crowd, what does a person see in   using drugs?

3) If the use of all drugs was made legal tomorrow, would it still be   “wrong” to use them? Why? Why not?

4) People who abuse drugs often say that they’re “not hurting   anybody.” Do you feel this is true? Why? Why not?

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To My Student Friends:

Thank you for writing me! I’m glad you liked my magic show. It took me years   of practice to become good at it.

I started when I was 9 years old! You can learn to do magic by going to the   library and reading books on magic and prestidigitation. But you must   PRACTICE if you want to make your magic look REAL. Same is true with your   homework — to be good at a subject, you must study and practice!

YOU ARE SOMEBODY SPECIAL!
You are like no one else on this earth, and you can not be duplicated. You   are one of a kind. Your fingerprints, patterns of blood vessels in your eyes,   even the shape of your ears, is yours alone, and no one else’s is exactly the   same.

You Are SPECIAL!
Your life is different from the lives of everyone who has ever lived, or will   live. Even if others lived through the same events with you as they happened,   no one can experience it the same way you did, because they are not you.

You Are EXTRA-ORDINARY!
You carry within you the power to be great, to be successful, and to make a   difference in your own life and those of others. You have talents that can be   used to help, to heal and to create. You have a mind that knows how to direct   your skill. You have dreams that can focus your talents and your mind into a   powerful force that cannot be stopped.

No matter who you are, where you are, you have these things. There is no   power in the Universe that can take these things away from you, unless you   allow it to happen. Don’t give in to peer pressure to do drugs, smoke, or   drink alcohol. And never participate in violent acts against others. Don’t   Give Up on Yourself!

You can be whoever you want to be, if you care enough about yourself to work   hard, and never, EVER give up. BELIEVE in your dreams. BELIEVE in your   talents, and in your mind and heart. BELIEVE in yourself, and most   important,BELIEVE that you are worth your effort, and your love. Don’t do it   for your family, your friends, your teachers, or for me. Do it for YOU,   because…

YOU ARE SOMEBODY SPECIAL!

John E. Hamilton

 

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