Lastly, if you want your students to connect with you, you need to take the time to connect with them.
The connection that you make with your students is what will create your learning environment. I encourage you to take the time to connect to each and every one of your students. Sometimes it takes only three minutes to make that connection, but once you do, you have a friend for life.
Your classroom will be a cross section of the easiest to the most difficult. If I am honest, sometimes I get a client I don’t like that much. I actually use this client as a barometer for what I need to work on. I know my job is to teach and unless I can connect, to each and every one, I cannot do my work.
The student-teacher connection gives you feedback and it nourishes your soul. When we have a student who “gets it” something inside us comes alive, we get energized. When we know we have made a connection, something inside of us feels complete.
Thank you all for giving me this opportunity to share my thoughts. I wish you great success on this your first day of school!