Knowledge of Content, Pedagogy and Students

Expat Teacher Man

In order to understand, I spend a considerable amount of time getting to know each student. This is crucial to my being an effective teacher. Getting to know each student begins in August during a schools’ “open house.” This particular time is primarily a short, introductory conversation with the parents. Furthermore, it is an opportunity to get to know one thing about each child. From there, I grow my understanding of the child to better empathize with their struggles. This helps me connect with the student during my many one to one conversations. It is perhaps my most effective means in constructing understanding.

I celebrate learning and I learn from each student. I learned to meaningfully compliment each student, each day. This is not only kindness, but also a way of creating a safe learning environment for my students. I tell my students early and often that when the brain…

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