12 Things Kids Want from Their Teachers
Whether you are a teacher, parent, relative, boss, or fellow community member, each of us has a chance to make a positive and impactful difference in a child’s life. But in order to do this, we must carefully consider this question: What do you think matters most to our children?
Notes that the students were asked to consider moments when they had felt the most competent and what teachers did that made this possible. Responses over the years from all demographics yielded the same data, that little things are what matter the most in teaching. The students want:
- Greeting: just a simple good morning or afternoon.
- Smile: show that you are happy to be our teacher.
- Attention: one on one, at some point, speak individually to us.
- Imagination: help us to be creative and take us on magical journeys.
- Challenging content and assignments: we enjoy learning and being pushed hard as long as we know it's important and relevant.
- Concern: ask about how we are doing, what our weekend was like, what we're reading, and how home-life is.
- Time: challenging content requires time and effort to sink in, so give us time to work at it.
- Expectations: have specific and important things you expect of us and then hold us to them.
- Awareness: make us feel like you know we are present and that each person is important to you.
- Questions: allow us to ask about the things that are hard, interesting, and amusing.
- Engagement: gain and hold our attention with the ideas that you are passionate about, and make us feel the passion too.
- Trust: start by trusting us, and we will work to earn and keep that trust.
The needs they seek are small in the overall scheme of the classroom, but they are supremely important to each individual student. Powerful teaching requires individual caring and engagement.
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Before you leave, let us know what your classroom experiences are. What do you want for your own children from the classroom and teacher?