Connecting with students

I’ve been following a discussion on another organization’s website on the topic: What is the number one thing students think they need to learn? So far there have been more than 20 responses, and the majority mention teachers who know the students, care about their learning, provide a “safe” environment for questions and discussions, and meet the needs of students in a variety of ways. The responders were all adults, but in focus groups I’ve conducted with students, I’ve heard similar comments.

During the last few years, the Ms Mentor blog addressed questions from both new and experienced teachers, and many other teachers offered their suggestions as comments. Here are a few that may be helpful in connecting with students to promote participation and create a positive learning climate:

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