Thursday , 18 January 2018
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How Well Do You Know Your Kids?

Think for a moment of a list of every student you teach this year (or semester for you high school folks).  If I asked you to write down one fact about each student’s family situation or something that each student enjoyed doing in his or her free time, would you be able to do it?  The old saying, “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” is an important one for us to reflect upon.  Teachers and administrators alike feel pressure to ensure the curriculum is taught and that students do their very best on standardized tests, but before we can address instructional needs, we must make sure we know our students – what excites them, what upsets them, what their lives are like outside of school, what they fear, what they love, and what they need.

Teacher Tom Loud stated, “Every students asks three questions about their teacher everyday.  Can I trust you?  Do you believe I can succeed?  and Do you care about me?

As we approach Thanksgiving,  take a few moments to let your kids who how much you care and that you are thankful for the opportunity to teach them.


About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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