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Supporting Student Development

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Recently, a friend shared a set of responses New York City students provided to the following prompt: “What I need from my teachers to succeed is...”

Here are a few of their responses:
  • Attention
  • Caring
  • Individual time
  • Ability to ask questions privately
  • If I tell a teacher about a need I have, I expect them to follow-up
  • Work better in small groups
  • Challenge me
  • Slow down! What is the rush?
  • Leave time for humor

These responses inform us that students are eager to develop and know what best supports their progress and success.

To me there is another message that they are asking teachers to do what they wanted to do when they aspired to be teachers: give attention to students in caring ways, establish trusting relationships, be present and use humor. This is more about attitude than skills, more about context than content and more about relationships than power.

It is a great reminder to us as teachers to not leave our feelings and soul outside the classroom and school. Ultimately, they make the difference is our effectiveness to motivate and educate our students.

About the author: Terry Pickeral, president Cascade Educational Consultants has extensive experience in policy development, advocacy, education reform, youth leadership, teaching and learning strategies, education collaborations and civic development. His commitment is to ensuring schools create and sustain quality teaching and learning environments for all students to be successful in school and contribute to their communities as active principled citizens.
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