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The connection between the red pen and the high stress levels of children. What does an education expert recommend

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11.09.2023 18:25

The red pen from school obsessed all of our childhoods. It appears that this is the case for others too, as studies have also been conducted regarding this obsession. The recommendation for teachers is to avoid using it at least in transition classes, such as the preparatory class, the fifth and ninth grade. But why?

It overly increases the stress level of pupils. Explanations, right now, on "Wellness doctor".

It's the theory of colors. The brain learns faster through colors. That's why pupils are recommended to highlight their textbooks with various colors. The education expert, Ovidiu Pânișoară, explains.

Ph.D. Prof. Ovidiu Pânișoară, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences: "We highlight passages using various colors so that the brain remembers - red was here, blue was there - and we don't apply colors randomly; instead, we consider which color feels appropriate. I will color with red what I feel is more active, more dynamic, with blue, elements that calm the brain, with green, things that relate to me".

Why should teachers refrain from using red for grading

Ph.D. Prof. Ovidiu Pânișoară, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences: "If I typically write in blue, and, as a teacher, I correct in red, that red conveys aggression. When I use red, I will be stricter than naturally. I propose a theory to those who are skeptical: correct the same paper, and after a period of time, correct it with green. They will see that when they corrected in red, they gave a lower grade".

Research indicates that when teachers use green for grading, they tend to be more relaxed and display a friendlier attitude towards their students. At school, the use of red for grading is accompanied by the 'stenzo' phenomenon.

Ph.D. Prof. Ovidiu Pânișoară, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences: "Face-to-face, we tend to attack each other from competitive positions. The entire school structure is designed in this manner, with the teacher positioned there and the students here, creating a conflict. That's the stenzo effect, which explains why teachers, right from the moment they enter, may adopt a stance that appears adversarial; they must develop strategies to navigate this situation".

Andreea Groza: "But why? The child is afraid to talk about what he did at school. Lies emerge through avoidance. 'What do you like about school?' It would be the first and the best question for parents to ask, in order for the little one to focus on what's best. His mind will then put in second place what he didn't like".

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