Week of March 10, 2014
Communication in teaching is paramount. As a teacher, you must constantly apprise the students in your classroom. Imagine my surprise at an in-service day twenty years ago when a not so exciting guest speaker with pie charts and flow charts and statistics stopped his presentation and shared this simple statement: "Some students go through an entire school day without ever being looked in the eyes." This concept had never even occurred to me, but the following day when I asked students about the veracity of that statement, many concurred.
After that revelation, I made even more of an effort to look at and communicate, at least with my eyes, if not also though speech, that I was happy to see every student in my classroom every day.
Students want to be connected to their teachers. Help them to know that you want to be connected, too.
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