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Teach from the Heart and the Brain will follow

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Richard Zerbe

on 17 November 2015

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Transcript of Teach from the Heart and the Brain will follow

Learning cannot occur in the absence of a genuine and sincere relationship
Builds an instant connection
Kids will remember!!!
Establishing and nurturing an authentic relationship with each student is essential and key!
Never underestimate the power of commenting on a kid's jacket.
Someone is talking about you right now. What do you want the conversation to be?
We work in a fishbowl: Everyone thinks they know what it is to teach.
School is central to a family's life.
Treat each day as if a camera/mic were recording everything you say and do.
We can influence/steer the conversation by how we interact with students.
What would you want your class/school to be like if your own child attended here?
Treat each student like they're your own.
Look at things from the child's perspective/through their eyes and ears.
Learn child development and stages!!!
Pay attention to what your students are paying attention to.

TV, movies, music, pop culture, fashion, slang, humour,
Corner stores, hang-outs
What's "hot", what's not. Fads, trends
Use it in your teaching
Very often, what a kid says or does is sending you a message: What are they telling you?
A kid keeps yawning:
Are they bored?
Are you talking too much?
Or are they not sleeping at home?
If one is acting out unusually, what's going on for them?
It may be nothing, but it may be something. Find out!.
But everything you say and do
send the student a message: What message do you
to send?
"Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them leaves an impression" (Haim Ginott)
What you say and do
teaching and will result in learning. Is it the learning you intended?
If they haven't learned what you intended, have you in fact taught?
How will you know?
Use regular "check-ins" so YOU know how they're doing and where they're at and can adjust what you need to do to get them there.
Don't find out by testing and counting every score. Kids need chances to screw up penalty-free. The goal is to find out if they've learned. If they haven't...what are YOU gonna do about it?
What do you want your students to learn (know and do) and why?
Start with the end in mind.
Look at the Big Picture of the students' learning.
Don't fixate on the ILOs in isolation or out of context "just to cover the curriculum"
Teach from the heart and the brain will follow.
It's not about what you teach but who you teach, why you do it and how you approach it.
Know what you need you to do and why...the technical stuff will follow.

They're the child.
You're the adult professional.
Remember that.
Don't expect (or require) the student to adapt their learning style to your teaching, or to "keep up".
It's up to you to adapt your teaching to best suit their individual needs.
People learn in different ways and at different rates (BC Education Principle of Learning)
Are you teaching for learning or just to "cover the curriculum"?
Keep trying.
If you run out of ideas/strategies, find someone else to help.
But never stop championing your student--every child needs a champion.
What if they aren't learning?
With great power, comes great responsibility.
Struggling with
- When students are engaged in and focussed on their learning, they do not act out.
- You don't need to "make" learning fun...engaged learning IS fun.
- Make your lessons engaging and relevant TO THE STUDENT.
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