Four Things to Say to Your Students – Teacher’s Corner


Teacher’s Corner
Here are four important things to say to your students. You can put them in your own words. You can do things that give these messages without words.
  1. I enjoy having you in my class.
  2. I enjoy having you in my class when you are working hard.
  3. I enjoy having you in my class just as much when you are just taking time to think.
  4. I like watching you learn, including learning to follow our classroom and school rules.
Writing Prompts and Discussion Topics 
The following are based on the blog, “Decisions Babies Make.
  1. Do you think students will do better in school if they know that their teachers enjoy having them in their classes? Why or why not?
  2. Which of the following messages from teachers do you think would be most helpful to students? Why?
    *  I enjoy having you in my class.
    *  I enjoy having you in my class when you are working hard.
    *  I enjoy having you in my class just as much when you are just taking time to think.
    *  I like watching you learn, including learning to follow our classroom and school rules.
  3. What actions can a teacher take that would communicate one of the above messages to a student without using words?
Teachers, you can use this blog in classrooms. Here are two ideas about how.
  1. For middle or high school parenting or child development courses:
  • Use the blog for discussion topics
  • Require students to research the topics and agree or disagree with what the blog is suggesting.
2.  For all courses, especially English Language Arts:
  • Use the blog for writing prompts for paragraphs, theme papers, journal entries, class starters, etc. Have students read the blog and respond to:
    • Do you agree with what is being said about kids? Do kids really act, think or feel that way?
    • Do you agree with what is being said about parents, grandparents, teachers and child caregivers? Do or should they act, think or feel that way?
    • What would be your advice on this topic?
    • What was left out of this article?
    • If you were a parent, would you use any of this information? How?
Why can this blog be a useful teaching tool?
  • Students that see connections between their coursework and their lives do better in school.
  • Most students will either be parents one day or have children in their lives that they care about, so the topical information can help them build their knowledge about children and parenting and develop a positive image of the type of parenting they want to do.
  • The new core literacy standards adopted by most states call for frequent writing in all courses.
  • Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can think critically. These prompts help students practice critical thinking.
  • Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can analyze what they read. These prompts help students practice analysis.

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