Teachers are busy
I’m fairly certain this isn’t news to anyone.
You may have stopped to think about the fact that you should be trying to take more time for yourself. You have undoubtedly made a conscious effort at some point to try to be more present with your family.
But have you ever stopped to think about the impact all your dashing about has on your classes?
I’m sure some of you have.
I wanted to take the time to give you some easy to implement ideas to help you connect with your classes on a deeper level and make them feel truly valued.
Let’s think about the start of the day.
When the children come in to the classroom what are you doing?
Are you welcoming them in with a smile and a friendly “Good morning!”?
Or are you busy getting resources ready for the day ahead and finishing your coffee?
How do you take the register?
Do you keep your head down as you put the right ticks in the right boxes and mindlessly call out names from a list?
Or do you look up to see the child, look them in the eye, smile and welcome them?
If you are checking a child’s work with them, how do you do it?
Do you put your nose in the book and tick and scribble in 14 colours of pen (this seems to be the current average number of colours needed to mark children’s work in the UK!)?
Or do you look up as you read sections, make eye contact and ask them questions about it?
I’m sure many of you are doing all the second questions and forging life changing relationships with your classes.
But if you aren’t why not give it a go for a few days and see the difference in your class’ response to you.
Don’t get me wrong, you can have a wonderful relationship with your class without doing any of these things, but by taking the time to connect with them first thing in the morning, or at the start of your lesson if you teach secondary school, you are signalling to them that they are important and you are making them a priority over paperwork.
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