9: How to Connect with Your Students
The Cult of Pedagogy Podcast
How important is the relationship you build with your students, and how can you make that relationship better? James Sturtevant, author of the book You've Gotta Connect, joins me to talk about why the teacher-student relationship is more significant to student learning than even socioeconomic status, the specific things teachers can do to build a strong, trusting relationship with students, and why sarcasm will always bite you in the butt. A must-listen for teachers interested in improving classroom management.
In this episode
- 05:47 - What is the overall message of the book "Are You Really Connecting with Your Students" ?
- 11:29 - Why is the acceptance of students important ?
- 14:29 - How does a teacher's background impact their ability to relate to students ?
- 16:01 - How can teachers work to understand their students who might be unmotivated?
- 22:07 - How can teachers embrace the "class clown" personality?
- 25:06 - How can a teacher become familiar to their students vs. their students becoming familiar to them ?
- 28:53 - What typically occurs when teachers make flippant remarks at students in the classroom setting ?
Smash Notes summary for this episode
What is the overall message of the book "Are You Really Connecting with Your Students" ?
This book is focused on helping teachers connect with their students. By connecting more deeply, teachers enable their students to do well on standardized tests, succeed at the college level, compete with other young people around the world, and find happiness.
Why is the acceptance of students important ?
This is sometimes difficult to do as acceptance and endorsement become synonymous when they are not. Acceptance is simply a firm grip on reality and understanding where a student is at.
How does a teacher's background impact their ability to relate to students ?
Many people who go into teaching were good students themselves. Thus, they may have not gotten to know others who were academically un-inclined. Teachers focused solely on nostalgia and their past experiences are now faced with dealing with all types of students.
How can teachers work to understand their students who might be unmotivated?
Relaxing more, approaching interactions with students differently, and removing one's ego are all pivotal. A teacher cannot take things too personally.
How can teachers embrace the "class clown" personality?
Sarcasm has to be foiled as it can be poison in a classroom. When disciplining or redirecting a class clown, a teacher must make it their mission to develop a relationship with that student.
How can a teacher become familiar to their students vs. their students becoming familiar to them ?
A teacher can tell stories about themselves. This opens up channels of communication and makes the teacher more approachable to their students.
What typically occurs when teachers make flippant remarks at students in the classroom setting ?
Students will often return sarcastic comments back to the teacher. This creates a confrontational atmosphere in the classroom and reinforces insecurities that the student may have deep down in their inner being.