How can I stay connected to my students?
You may have already found great ways to maintain relationships with your students on learning-from-home days. These might include class videos, individual check-ins, or personal letters in the class or the school newsletter.
Valued teacher/educator attributes
The three relationship attributes that students say they value the most in their teachers/educators are kindness and care, helpfulness, and humour. The thing they really hate is injustice.
Show that you care
For younger students, activities are often designed to link home and school life. Showing care may be as simple as a comment on Google classrooms about how you loved learning about their pet or reading their story about their favourite things.
For older students, make a habit of checking in to see how everyone is going and to let them know you are thinking of them, before starting your lesson.
Remember the principles of justice and injustice
Students hate the idea of not being given a fair chance. In the current situation, everyone has had a different home learning experience: good, bad, indifferent.
Take time to acknowledge and congratulate your effort
Give yourselves a huge pat on the back for the work you have already been doing. Social distancing will end, but the significant efforts you have put in to support students through this time will be lasting.
In the video below, Associate Professor Van Bergen from the Centre for Children's Learning in a Social World and the Macquarie School of Education at Macquarie University talks to teachers and educators about how to stay connected to students.
Watch the video or download the tip sheet.
Content owner: Centre for Emotional Health Last updated: 14 May 2020 2:08pm