CONNECTIONS are a vital part of relating to curriculum, learning, people and our world.
Making, maintaining and building CONNECTIONS with our students is a vital part of the LEARNING PROCESS in our classrooms.
We all know that we need to HOOK our students, GRAB their attention and ENGAGE them in their learning. Here are 10 Ways to Make CONNECTIONS with your students so that when you speak...they want to LISTEN.
Over the years I have had dozens of Student Teachers observing and teaching in my classroom. Let me start out here with what I always tell them. These are 10 things that "Work for Me". Feel free to incorporate and share any of the techniques that I use into your own style. Always remember though that you have and will develop your own style and you always have to be YOU. So, think about it, try it out and if it does not feel comfortable or natural to you, modify it or don't use it at all. Just think about what might be YOU. So much of what I will be talking about deals directly with personality and style. So, that being said, here are 10 things that make CONNECTIONS in my classroom and help me establish and build a rapport with my students that can lead to lasting relationships for years to come. (Many of those Student Teachers have been former First Graders of mine that came back to hang with me while studying to be Teachers.)