We don’t get a second chance to make a first impression with our students. A student who feels noticed by their teacher will learn best.
As teachers, we understand that education is a “people business.” Therefore, let your students know that relationships are a top priority. Be sure to tell them that it’s an honor to be their teacher. Educators who want to connect to their students must make their subject matter interesting. Show them that you are confident and prepared. Be sure to let them know that you are kind, friendly, and in charge.
In this product you will find three different ways to begin the first week of school. This summer I read a new book by James Alan Sturtevant, called "You’ve Gotta Connect!"
I was reminded about all the fun ways I connect with my own students every year. So I contacted him with my idea. He gave me permission to share some of his work with other teachers. I also like to use Dan Meyer’s “Who I Am” sheet. I’ve changed it somewhat so it works with my own class. I can keep these in a binder all year for a record of important facts.
DAY 1: I use the “course placemat” to give students a sense that learning is important. I’m setting high expectations! There are three levels for the placemat, Algebra II, PreCalculus, and Calculus.
DAY 2: I want my students to know that I value their opinions. I like to have them complete the anonymous survey for “The Teacher I Prefer…”. I also take the time to tally all the responses. It makes for great discussion at a later time. The data can be analyzed in many different ways.
DAY 3: My students are given the “Who I Am” form to complete. This can be done in class or given as a homework assignment. You might have seen the original idea from Dan Meyer.
You will also find a graphic organizer on How to Connect With Students Effectively. You can place it in your teacher binder or lesson plan book. I find it to be a helpful reminder to Do This … Not This... throughout the school year.
Hope you make meaningful connections with your students! Enjoy!