You walk into your class on day one and…
David shares a summer class student caring moment.
Reading the class on the first day:
What do we see?
- The group is usually mixed, some want to be there and some don’t.
- The students who really don’t want to be there at all tend to stand out.
- Understanding why they don’t want to be in your class can be a game changer.
- They might not like the subject, the time of day, and you, yes you!
What we can do to help our students:
- Try to interpersonally engage them.
- The second class is a good time to take action on what we have discovered in the first class.
- Good times to make that personal connection are before or after class and during a break.
- On the first day, we can give our students an opportunity to write. This will give us valuable insights as to where they are in their life / educational journey.
- Once a disconnected student has been identified we can let them know that we have office hours and we are available to them.
- Planning our classes well and making them un predicable sometimes can help to keep them on their toes.
- Look for a specific way that you can incorporate, into an early class, a topic that your disconnected student has an interest in.
We welcome your comments, feedback and guest post submissions.
Daniel & David
SC 175 Day One – Reading Your Students