A Quality Teacher Is a Caring Teacher
Show Students You Care About Them
Showing students you care about them helps create a positive, supportive relationship and helps build an environment where learning can flourish. And you're modeling behavior that you want students to learn and emulate.
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
Ways to Show You Care
- Listen to your students and help them express who they are and how they want to be treated. For ideas, read about and watch The Heart of Learning.
- Help students show others what they want them to know about themselves.
- Teach students ways to show they care about another person who serves the community or the country—like a fireman, policeman, or soldier. You many want to consider these ideas: Connecting Kids and Soldiers and the Butterfly Tree project.
- Work with parents to show interest and concern for their children.
- Improve your practice by learning something new, including getting feedback from students.
Most teachers care about imparting knowledge to students. But the best teachers also care about the relational aspect of teaching. They take time to establish a trusting and caring connection with their students, who in turn become more receptive to what's being taught. They get to know their students' interests, talents, and needs, which helps them prepare lessons and helps students feel the partnership of the learning experience.