I strongly believe in building relationships with your students. It sounds simple right? As simple as it sounds, there have been plenty of teachers that I’ve had who didn’t know my name, or asked how my day was. The late Rita Pierson in her Ted Talk “Every Kid Needs a Champion” says “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.” I don’t FULLY agree with this statement, but I mostly agree with it. It definitely helps if the kids like their teachers.
To this end, I’m having students create little autobiographies on a collaborative Google Slide so EVERY student can know more about each other. I learned from Alice Keeler (@alicekeeler) that we should use Google Slides to GET information, not GIVE information. In addition to creating their autobiographies, they are to comment on at least two other autobiographies. I believe that once we get to know each other, students will lower their affective filter to create a more comfortable and safe environment.
I am so eager to meet my students that I kind of jumped the gun and gave them the option to complete their student bios before class starts. It’s been about a day and I’m already seeing connections forming through either mutual favorite TV shows, favorite restaurants, hobbies, etc. and I love it.
This is the first time I’m trying this so I hope to see faster, stronger connections between the students.
Thanks for reading.