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.