High School

Connecting With Your High School Students

One constant danger in teaching is viewing your high school students as things — machines that you feed facts into and get test scores in return. That’s not teaching. I didn’t walk into my first year thinking I’d be best friends with my students, but I certainly wanted a connection with them. The more students feel I’m real, the more likely they’ll do work and learn. Building connections isn’t just fun. It helps students achieve.
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Connecting With Your High School Students
  • catholicteacher.com

    Making Real Connections with Students

    William O'Dea says:
    It’s one thing to say you want to connect with your students. But how does that look in real life? I mostly knew but couldn't explain. That’s why I really like this article. It starts by quoting high school students explaining what a connection looked like for them. Then you’ll find 10 solid tips for doing just that. Some are a bit religious, but the rest are still fantastic.
  • teaching.monster.com

    How to Show Your Students that You Care About Them

    5 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    I remember this one teacher I worked with. She was burned out long before I showed up. She seemed to hate every student, and her kids acted accordingly. Me? I liked them. And they treated me very well. After reading this article at the end of that year, I understood why. I showed my students that I cared about them. Turns out that high school students open up to you when you show concern for their lives. Go figure.
  • plpnetwork.com

    How I'll Engage My Students as Learners: Six Ways to Make Connections

    5 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    I never taught science, but our school’s physics teacher always had a great rapport with his students. I wasn’t lacking in that, but I had never had his success. At lunch, I’d occasionally ask him about it. One day, he said he found a site that talked about how to build connections with your students. I’m not so sure about every suggestion — using Angry Birds to teach physics seems more pandering than connecting — but the rest were solid.
  • cultofpedagogy.com

    Are You Really Connecting with Your Students?

    5 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    To be honest, I don’t like hearing teachers complain about “kids these days.” Do they not remember what they were like in high school? In researching ways to connect better with my students, I found this page. Just reading the first tip (“Drop the nostalgia”) sold it for me. Then I realized the rest of the list was great too. It was about focusing on students as people, something we teachers often forget.
  • hepg.org

    Harvard Education Publishing Group

    6 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    Sure, we all want to connect with students. Why wouldn’t we? But what does that actually look like? Instead of research telling me that such connections help leanings (yeah, got that, thanks), I wanted practical ways to do it. Working as a white guy in an all-Hispanic school made that more important. Finally, I found this article with five actual things I could do. Just showing up to a local festival like the article suggested helped me connect better.
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BloomBoard Asks:How can you look inauthentic and fake by trying too hard to connect?