Most people who decide to pursue a career in education do so hoping to make a difference in their students' lives. For some educators, making a difference in their students' lives might feel like an almost overwhelming task. If you are a teacher hoping to do something great for your students, though, it is important to realize that it is often the small things that can make a difference. Ultimately, your students often just need to know that you care. There are several ways you can do this.
Patience is an important quality of any educator. There might be times when you think you have tried to explain a concept in every conceivable way to a student or to several students. By continuing to be patient and working to help your students understand the concept, you are showing them that you care.
No Preconceived Notions
As a teacher, it is sometimes difficult to not have preconceived notions about some of your students. Maybe you have heard other teachers complaining about the student, or you had the student's older siblings in your class before. One important way to let your students know that you care is to treat all your students with respect. You may find that the student labeled by others as a “troublemaker” can actually be a well-behaved student when the child is treated with respect.
Taking the Extra Time
There are a variety of ways that educators can take the extra time to let their students know that they care. One teacher in Queensland, Australia created a treat bag for her students, which included a poem about how she cared about her students and wanted to work together with them to create an efficient classroom. Simple messages to let your students know that you care and taking the time to let them know that they are important to you can make a huge difference.
Of course, these are just a few of the ways you can show your students that you care. To learn more about this and related topics, visit the Education section of our blog.
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