” Teachers who put relationships first don’t just have students for one year; they have students who view them as ‘their’ teacher for life. ” – Educator Justin Tarte
This was the quote I saw that inspired me to share some of the steps I have used in my classrooms. Few weeks ago, February 2nd 2019, my team and I hosted 25 children from different parts of the states in Nigeria and we had fun. Some of these children are children I have taught and still teach and it felt as if we’ve been seeing each other. 😂 Well we’ve been ‘seeing’ via calls and Voice notes.
I would highlight few points.
1. Children are generally interested in people who show interest in them.
Whenever I find myself in a new classroom, my final goal might be to pass or facilitate knowledge but I can only do that if I know the children in my classroom. It’s a GRADUAL PROCESS but I won’t take the basics for granted.
The boring way is to ask each child to stand up and say their names but I tweaked mine a bit. I ask them to tell me what’s cool about them. Trust them to start harping in their strengths and well, that’s additional knowledge for me too. Everybody wins 😂. One of my girls once told me that she loves to Dance ballet and this year, she got a prize for the Best Ballet Dancer in her school. I tasked her to stretch her limbs for ten minutes every morning and I would not have done this if she did not tell me that cool stuff about herself.
Find that path to connect through this.
2. I share cool stuff about myself too.
Read this: Okay guys! My name is Adetokunbo Adetola Abigail. You can call me Miss Abigail and feel free to put a twist to that name 😂.
I don’t know how to dance yet but I’m willing to learn. My favourite meals are bread, eba and okro soup. Reading and surfing the internet are my favorite hobbies because I get to learn new stuff and ways to apply them. I loooveeee Moana too 😍.
Here’s another intro: Good morning class! My name is Miss Abigail and I am your new teacher. Today we will be talking about…
I’ll leave you to draw your lessons. You see those cool little details you feel no one is really interested in knowing (aside your close friends) well, these children would love to know.
If you love to read, tell them.
You love to sleep? Tell them.
You like travelling? Let them know.
You love sport cars? Share.
You have ‘annoying’ brothers? Pray tell.
Can you toggle balls? Please share.
Find the connection pathways in your classroom as no two children are the same.
I hope this helps.
Till I come your way again.
Let me hear your thoughts in the comment section below and do not forget to share too.