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ERIC Number: ED460076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 107
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87120-573-4
Connecting with Students.
Mendler, Allen N.
This book outlines positive strategies for bridging the gap between teachers and students through personal, academic, and social connections, offering a guide to help teachers create a personalized refuge of safety and risk-taking for all students. After explaining why and how to use the book, information is presented on: "Identifying Disconnected Students"; "Necessary Attitudes and Feelings" (e.g., view challenging students as having something to teach, get past zero tolerance, build on strengths, and make the classroom safe from physical danger and embarrassment); "Strategies for Developing Personal Connection" (e.g., collect personal index cards, smile, think aloud, offer notes of appreciation, play students' music occasionally, create acronym nicknames, be protective, and have fun together); "Strategies for Developing Academic Connection" (e.g., take photos of students as they work on projects, show students they can overcome obstacles, specify daily learning objectives, limit pop quizzes, and be curious together); and "Strategies for Developing Social Connection" (e.g., have a problems and solutions center, let students make some of the rules, hold occasional class meetings, and break bread together). The final section, "For the Administrator," explains the administrator's role in this effort. (Contains 25 references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.