As I reflect upon the last week, it was difficult to determine what to write about. I’ve had many conversations with students this week...then it hit me-relationships. This is one of the most essential parts of teaching that can be easily overlooked. It is my fear that many teachers may overlook this aspect with all the responsibilities like test scores, educator effectiveness, data, re-licensing procedures, upon all the other daily responsibilities.
I remember a time when test scores didn’t matter as much, and students were able to learn more about what they (we) were interested in. Like many adults, I don’t remember a lot about the content that was taught. What I do remember are the teachers who took the extra time to build relationships with, us, their students.
Instead of going on a tangent about problems with some current educational pedagogy, let's look at 3 solutions that building relationships bring:
On Monday, I noticed that Joe Sanfelippo (@Joesanfelippofc) posted a video on Twitter thanking one of his former teachers. What an awesome idea! Sorry Joe, but I have to steal this idea for the blog. Attached is a video that gives a shout out to a couple of middle school teachers that impacted my life.