In The 7 Devices of Transformation in Education from Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Victoria A Davis, she states,
“There is no excuse — learn their names. Learning the names and calling the names of kids is an investment. We invest in relationships.”
It is hard for teachers to get close to students. There are many good reasons to keep our distance.
· Some students make false allegations so it is important to keep your distance.
· When students fail, parents look to blame the teacher.
· Students who are frustrated take it out on their teacher.
· Administrators see failing students as a symptom of an ineffective teacher.
· Communities have negative feelings towards the education system.
Yet, there are many great reasons to get close to students. By getting close to students, I am investing in a relationship with them.
· I can get close to my students without sacrificing my reputation. I always meet with them in an open place or around other adults.
· Getting close to students enables them to trust me. By trusting me, they are more willing to take risks in order to learn.
· Contacting parents on a regular basis will help me work together with them. This teamwork will help the student be more successful.
· When frustrated students take their anger out on me, I will not take it personally and continue to offer support.
· Having a plan of action to help students will ensure that administrators are kept in the loop.
· Sharing my students’ successes with others and working with the community helps to build a better reputation for the educational system.
I believe I want to use my energy to invest in my students. I want to know their names, their likes and their dislikes, as well as their strengths and their weaknesses. I want to do all that I can to help them be successful. Isn’t that why I became a teacher? If I’m not willing to invest in my students then it is time to think about a different career.
Do you invest in your students? If so, what do you do? Please share.