Getting to Know Your Students Through Poetry

Student Engagement

September 12, 2012

 I knew I wanted to get to know my students. I wanted to hear about their lives, look through their eyes, experience the sounds of their world, and survey their emotional landscapes. I also knew I needed to do this in order to be a more effective teacher: I could tailor instruction to draw on what they already knew and bridge curriculum.

I knew I needed to know who they were so that I could expand my empathy. Middle schoolers can be a trying bunch; I’d need to open my heart wide so that when they tried my patience I’d have a reserve of compassion.

And so I asked them, “Where are you from?”

Read more…  Article provided by Mary Ann Herrera


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