|All the inputs I use to get to know a student.|
Why have I been thinking about this?
- A week or so ago we organised our classes for next year (I'll explain this process shortly) and hence I'm curious about my next bunch.
- This week I've seen one of my more reluctant kids wow me with his enthusiasm & engagement.
- I have been surprised by the ongoing release of details from students about their lives.
- Ongoing discussion about my kids going to other classes and the kids coming towards mine.
I do all sorts of things to get to know my kids. Lots of different activities, plenty of time invested, a little bit of myself is shared and I listen. But it's way too early to think I am doing this vital part of our role to the level that it deserves. I believe I'm doing a good job I just want to do better and I know that there is no replacement for time invested in these relationships.
I'm hatching a plan that involves several strategies, as follows:
- A short adventure learning activity early in term 1.
- Google form on the class blog over the holidays for parents & students.
- A family tree activity for class display.
- Multiple intelligences type activity.
I love sharing my passions with my students, I believe I'm easy to get along with and relatively personable. But that doesn't make it easy to get to know students, not the important bits that assists you when teaching them anyway! Yet it's one of the most crucial aspects of being a teacher.
Your views, suggestions (especially for professional reading) or comments for getting to know your class are all valued, here or through twitter.
I'm off to learn more about my kids.