In reference to Mr. Clancy’s blog here about how no significant learning occurs without significant relationships. I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Clancy and from the Rita Pierson TED Talk in her rousing discussion regarding how children are impacted by the relationships they are exposed to. Quoting Rita she says”kids don’t learn from people they don’t like” and this couldn’t be anymore closer to the truth. Just because we will earn the teacher title upon completion of our studies does not in any way mean that we should demand respect from students. Building genuine rapport and facilitating positive relationships with students which will help to enable them to learn should be one of our top priorities as a beginning teacher. Seeking to understand students as their own person, their background, interests etc etc will help you to develop a relationship that is more then just teacher/student. They need to see you as more than just that you need to strive to be a role model in their eyes and demonstrating this through your pedagogy. This will be challenging at times but your efforts will build meaningful links for students and learning and increased academic results will be on their way.
Please take the time to listen to this short TED Talk by Rita I found it inspiring myself and very realistic to what I have not only experienced with my educators but what I strive to be.