How well do you know your students? I don’t mean how well they did on in their last assessment, their predicted grades, what their support plan says or their areas of need. I mean how well do you know your students?
What are their favourite colours, singers or authors? Has their sister recovered from her appendicitis? Did they make it to their cousin’s party? What are their fears, hopes and dreams but, as importantly, what do their day-to-day lives consist of?
If you want your students to care about what they are doing they need to know they matter.
Take in all the information they let slip and ask them about these things in later classes, on other days or even five weeks later. If you care; they care.
@mandmiles – GCSE Lecturer, Hampshire