I shared this concern with my colleague and friend, Kristin LeClaire, who confessed to the same wonderings. With that sentiment in mind, she asked me a terrific question. It went something like this: If you were a student in your class, what would make you feel excited that day? Excited for the following class? What would make you feel validated? Like this class was worthwhile?
Here is the list I came up with:
- I want to know my classmates enough so when I have group work, I have someone to work with.
- I want to know them enough so when I walk in the room, they say "hi" to me and call me by name.
- I want to know the teacher a little as a subject enthusiast and as a person.
- I don't want to listen the whole time; I want to feel like someone wants to hear my voice and this is not just my teacher's show.
- I want to have an opportunity to get up and move around; this is the longest I've sat and listened for a long time.
- I want to learn a little about the class's content and why it matters or is interesting, why it applies to my life. I want to be excited about that content because of relevancy, interest, or, preferably, both.
- I want to know my teacher knows a cares about me a little, even after just one day.