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Connecting With Students

I feel like I have always been able to connect with most of my students.  Here are some things that I do/did that helped me make those connections:

  • Ask students questions about what is going on in their lives.  Then listen to what they say.
  • Let students know about you!   Reveal embarrassing moments, or high school memories, or what brings you to the community you are in.
  • Show up at stuff.  Easy to do in high school – there is always a game, event, club….Then talk with the students about their performance.
  • Answer questions in a way that is inviting for others, that promotes questioning.  Don’t answer questions in a way that shuts down the conversation or gives a stand offish impression.
  • Sponsor an activity/club (see above)
  • Have passion and let your students see it.  Share your passion with them and give them no choice but to be sucked in!
  • Allow your students to be unique – don’t force them all into the same box.
  • Be genuinely happy to teach and interact with your students – they can tell if you enjoy what you are doing!

Did I connect with every student.  No.  Did I try?  Yes!  I think I made a difference and made positive connections – that was my goal every year!


About Scott

My name is Scott. After 18.5 years as a high school math teacher in public education I have made the move to become a full time PhD student. This decisions was difficult, but has been one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done. Teaching in high school was an incredible experience for me, so leaving an environment that I loved for the unknown was a challenge. As I high school teacher, I taught almost every math course that could be offered. I was able to earn National Board Certification in Young Adult Math. I was honored as my building Teacher of the Year, no mean feat at Edmond Memorial High School!! My career changed as I became fascinated with educational technology and all of the things that it can do for teachers. I flipped my class. I used iPads and blogging (in high school math!!). I started using gamification and mastery learning. I changed my practice. I chose to go back to school to learn as much as I could. To bring that knowledge from academia and research to the teacher on the front line. I have had the opportunity to present at several conferences and share what I have learned with others. Its through these connections that we can be the best teachers we can for our students. They deserve it and we sell ourselves short when we don't give it. I love talking with teachers about change. About incorporating educational technology. About the power that they have to change lives. My blog space is me, it shares my passions and frustrations, my joys and my learnings. If you are interested in what I am studying, please visit my graduate school pages. If you are interested in the flipped classroom, I have some links to get your started. I would love to meet you! Do not hesitate to reach out! I would enjoy the opportunity to work with your staff or trade ideas with your teachers - let me know! Have a great day! #BeBrilliant


One thought on “Connecting With Students

  1. This is a great list – one every teacher should really consider!!!


    Posted by jcbjr9455 | August 15, 2015, 2:07 pm

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