Our classrooms are filled with individuals, with a variety of needs, and it’s up to us to make sure they thrive. The only way for that to happen is to build a connection with each kid. Looking at data? It will only tell us a small piece of the picture. We need the big picture. Interests. Family. Struggles. Successes. Pets. Friends. Hobbies. Scars. Favorite toy. Favorite Foods. The details that make up the big picture.
Can learning happen in a classroom without the connections? Maybe.
Should classrooms be about connections? Definitely.
When we truly know them all as individuals, we can understand them as learners.
Thanks, Celina, for the great quote suggestion!