Do you ever feel as if teaching is not enjoyable? Unfortunately, I have had this feeling. When the opportunity arose to read Angela Watson’s book Unshakeable, I was thrilled and jumped at the opportunity!
In her book, Angela says:
In this chapter, Angela provides many ways to connect with students on a positive level. I am a pretty positive teacher. I think I do a pretty good job at staying positive, but these reminders are great ones! Things that I may have been doing at the beginning of the year, but as the year progresses they have a tendency to get shoved to the wayside.
Make a connection with five kids every day. In order to keep myself focused, I’m a list maker. So, I really liked this idea. Divide your class into fifths. You will “assign” each of your students a day of the week. Make a list of those names for each day. Of course, they don’t know that the list exists. On “their” day, pay special attention to those students on the list. Give them a little more feedback, provide praise, or simply give them a smile. Look for the good in those students. If you follow your list, by the end of the week you will have connected with each student on a personal level. Great idea!
The other idea that stuck out to me was to surprise kids with compliment slips and appreciation notes. Tuck these positive notes away and when students are least expecting it, slip them a note. Before long, you may see those unruly students begin to make changes in hopes that you will notice them, and they will receive a special note. It’s a win-win for everyone!
These are just a couple of ways Angela suggests connecting with students. This chapter is packed full of wonderful ideas from participating in games with kids, to acknowledging their birthdays, to starting a sharing time.