With the start of a new school year upon us, teachers are busily preparing their lesson plans for the first few days of school. Both students and teachers are likely eager to share their summer adventures, so why not incorporate those stories into a first lesson? Studies have shown that performance increases when students feel engaged and connected with a teacher.
This article details one teacher’s tradition of starting the year with a slideshow that paints a picture of why he’s a teacher and encouraging his students to share their own meaningful pictures with each other. As the article mentions, “students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Start the year off on a positive and fun note by sharing these meaningful, personal anecdotes. By encouraging a class culture of connectedness, you may find students more engaged, motivated, and happier to come to class.
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