However, despite my feelings about the system - including the many adults employed in it who are merely ideologues and "educrats" - I have a great deal of empathy for the individual teachers who serve in those settings with a true desire to make a difference in kids' lives. I lived that life for nine years, so I know from personal experience how hard it is to try pushing back at the tsunami of standardization and bureaucratization in order to do what's right for kids as individuals. And, it's with those folks in mind that I wrote this week's piece for our Celebrate Kids email newsletter, Authentic Hope.
One of the best things such teachers can do is to motivate their students to want to genuinely cooperate in the classroom. And the best way to do that is to connect with each child on an individual, human level. Thus, I shared in my article about one simple technique I used that ended up revolutionizing my students' experiences with me - and, consequently, my experience as a classroom teacher.
I'm not called to the classroom anymore. But I loved that season of my life precisely because I know I made a difference in the lives of many teens - and I credit much of that to the connection-building activity I discovered.
Curious? Read more here.