It Pays to Pay Attention

Check-inWe all have our ups and downs and so I can’t expect that every single student who walks through my door is ready to learn. There mind can be in a different space, for a number or reasons.

This morning a student of mine walked in dressed as if she was going to an interview. I said to her “Good morning, you look very professional today” She smiled and said good morning.

During the lesson I noticed that she looked a bit sad. I wrote a note on a post-it so that I could check in, without having to draw attention to her. She responded and at the end of class as I explained to her to let a dean know if things got out of hand, thanked me for checking in.

It’s important for us as educators to build healthy relationships with our scholars. They need to know and feel that our classroom is a safe space for them. At times, we get so caught up in curriculum that we forget that we are teaching little humans.

“Be the person you needed when you were younger.”

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