I believe the most important thing teachers can do to boost student achievement is to show students you care. Showing students you care about them helps create a positive, supportive relationship and helps build an environment where learning can flourish. When we take the time to build a trusting and caring connection with all of our students and especially our most challenging students, the better they behave and the more they achieve. It is not always easy, but the rewards are great. The more we know about our students’ interests, talents and needs, the easier it is to prepare meaningful lessons and help students feel the partnership of the learning experience.
Ways to Show You Care
- Allow time for students to talk to you or write to you about problems that arise, things they are excited about, questions they have, etc. When you are not readily available to talk with a student, I have them write a note and place it in a special box.
- Help students share what they want others to know about themselves through art and writing activities.
- Spend one on one time with each student. One way to spend special time is having a lunch date with individual students. This is a great time to listen to your student and find out about their families, cultures, ideas, interests, feelings about school, etc.
- Keep in touch with parents and show interest and concern for their children. Invite parents to class, make phone calls and send positive messages home. Keeping an open dialogue with parents helps us better understand and know the students. Click here to download some Happy Grams to send home with a positive message for parents.
- Know your students academic
levels through authentic assessment practices. Students are most successful when they have appropriately challenging lessons. One of the most important ways we show students we care is through differentiated teaching practices.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — Leo Buscaglia