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Has this ever happened to you? You’re speeding through another art class: managing behaviors, helping with spills, prepping supplies, and getting students ready to go out the door. Before you know it, art class is over and you realize you haven’t taken the time to have a quality conversation with even one student.
Conversations can be one of the most telling ways to learn about your students’ lives both in and out of school. Setting aside intentional time for conversation is key!
Consider it your home base. You will be amazed at how much students will open up when you sit at their level.
What kinds of questions would get students thinking in new ways? What kinds of questions could act as a formative assessment?
Bring your seating chart or grade book with you. Make notes about student work you see. These notes will be valuable in so many ways.
Ask students about their day, what’s happening in their other classes, or even about their hobbies. These types of questions build trust and rapport.
Laugh together. Be amazed at their perspectives. Share some of yours.
Each week, choose a new table at which to sit. Your students will love it and you will learn so much!
How do you make sure to have meaningful connections with students?