This TED talk, “Every Kid Needs a Champion” will forever be one of my favorite videos.
Rita Pierson talks about the importance of forming relationships with students. I wholeheartedly agree with the message she is trying to get across.
By forming a relationship with each and every student, not only does it help them learn better, but it allows for the educator to take a peek into their lives. In nine short months, an educator has the opportunity to really get to know their students, their backgrounds, their learning styles, their likes and dislikes, etc. These are the aspects of education that no one really talks about. Amongst all the efforts to reach higher test scores, standards that need to be met, and countless hours preparing for future lessons, teachers need to be aware of the students they have in their classroom.
Teaching is very much an empathetic process. In order to teach, you need to CARE about the students you are teaching. Otherwise, it’s just going to be a painstaking process for everyone involved.
In my career as an educator, I am constantly striving to form relationships with my students. Asking questions like “How are you feeling today?” or “Can you tell me one exciting thing you did this weekend?” helps me really get to know the student on a personal level.
Although I have only been working at my current job a month, I have already established a great relationship with each student I work with. This truly allows me to see what type of learner a student is, based on the activities the student likes to do outside of school. For example, I work with a student who is an amazing artist at just 7 years old! While working with him on certain math lessons, we often draw pictures or diagrams in order to figure out a problem. This really helps him to see a problem in a way that makes sense to him, all because I took the time to figure out what his interests are.
Overall, this TED talk has been my inspiration throughout the years as I have begun my journey as an educator.
Every kid truly is a champion in my eyes, and I will always be there to cheer them on.