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Understanding Learners
Harlem Globetrotters

         
A large part of being an influential teacher is developing
a relationship with the students you are teaching.  Every child is
different and groups of students can react differently to your teaching
styles.  It is for this reason that I feel teachers have to know their students.  We have to know the things they are interested in, their various learning styles, and who they work well with.

A student does not live in a vacuum.  They are dynamic and they are constantly changing.  If I don't have a sense of who they are as individuals, how will I know how to reach them academically?

There are many opportunities to get to know students while still acting as a professional in a school setting.  One example is the Harlem Globetrotters visiting Winchell Elementary.  Through this experience, I was able to see which of my students were interested in basketball and other sports.  Other activities such as class parties and school read-ins will help to shape the personality of my classroom.  Really knowing my students is part of what makes teaching fun!