Teaching Indigos - Top 10 Tips
Top 10 Tips for Teaching Indigos
by Wendy H. Chapman
Treat them with respect
do not show it for them, they won't give it to you despite your
position of authority.
- Listen to their opinions
They need to know you care and recognize them
as people of value.
- Empower them
Give them choices such as what type of product to create
to demonstrate learning, what order they do the work in, perhaps between
two activities (as a class decision). Having a voice that makes a
difference will do wonders for their self-esteem, will usually encourage
them to participate in the choice they have made, and consequently will
improve their attitude towards you and towards education.
- Solicit cooperation and avoid giving orders
Indigos do not respond (at
all or not positively) to those who attempt to control them. They will
respond to those who treat them fairly and kindly.
Help them do things that make a difference
If they are frustrated with the way something is - from homework in
the school to homelessness in the world, encourage them to do
something positive to change it.. Like writing letters to the school
board or the paper, creating poetry about it, making posters,
t-shirts, organizing a school or community group to focus on the issue
and work to change it.
Help them discover and develop their talents and strengths.
Encourage their creativity and unique personal expression.
- Be tolerant of their extreme emotions
Help them balance by using
aromatherapy, allow them to drink water in the classroom, quiet moments or
- Encourage students to be peacemakers for each other
Indigos are here
to be peacemakers for the world. Let them practice now. This helps develop
communication and compassion. Be a guide in this process.
- Explain WHY about everything
Why certain rules exist, why they need
homework (Do they really if they already understand the concept?), why the
world has to be the way it is. If you don't have an answer, acknowledge
their frustration and show empathy.
Discourage medicating for ADD
Often it is not ADD, but Indigo nature
creating selective attention. If they can focus on a topic of their own
choosing for long periods of time, it's probably Indigo, not ADD. Even if
there is a problem with attention and distractability, there are
alternative methods of therapy that, unlike Ritalin, do not suppress the
natural creativity and leadership of Indigos. Encourage organizational
I can already hear some of you saying, "Aren't these good ideas for
teachers to use with all children?" and my answer is an unqualified,
"Yes! Absolutely!" The point is that an Indigo Child will suffer
tremendously and often tragically if
they are not treated with respect and fairness, as unique individuals
with great things to offer the world. They will
rebel. They will start to hate school. They will drop out emotionally,
mentally, spiritually, and sometimes physically as well. They may turn
to drugs or develop existential depression and
become suicidal or violent. Did you know that all the perpetrators of
school shootings have been Indigos? This is according to Nancy Ann
Tappe, who first observed and documented the Indigo
phenomenon. Wouldn't you like to help prevent school violence?
When the children come to your classroom, they may already be so angry
with the way they have been treated by the educational system thus far
that they may be difficult to work with. They may come with the "don't
mess with me" attitude because - guess what? They HAVE been messed with
and they don't like it. You need to show them you are different and you
are ready for them and willing to work WITH them. When they see this and
know it to be true, they will respond.
If these ideas sound like common sense and you are already doing them,
Congratulate yourself, You're a VERY good teacher! You're no longer
stuck in the Old Energy of traditional educational teacher/student
dynamics which just doesn't work any more! If you are not doing these things,
but are considering them as a potential change - Congratulations! You
are open minded and willing to change with the times and with the children.
Please spread the word about Indigos to other teachers and parents! I
am available for school workshops as well as personal consultations in
person or on the phone for parents or teachers. See Services Index for more
information or email me at Director@Metagifted.Org. I
am happy to travel anywhere in the world to present as long as my
costs are covered. I'm considering a national tour around the US next
year. Please contact me if you would like me to come to your town to
present about Indigo Children. Tell your administrators you want me to
come and encourage them to contact me. ;)
See Is Your Child an Indigo?
for Identifying an Indigo
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