I try to make a point of greeting students as they enter the classroom. If I can’t catch them at the door, I take a lap from table to table for a quick check in. This greeting is friendly but typically feels rushed as I move to the next group before diving into the day’s adventure.
My favorite part of the school day is making a personal connection with individual students. Unfortunately, our current system does not make this a logistical possibility every day. I get to visit with individuals throughout the day, but in a 45-54 minute class, there is no way to really connect with everyone. So that presents a dilemma.
This is why I cherish the conversation with the last student out of the room–possibly lingering to share a personal experience or make a connection to something we mentioned during class. And I love the moment where a student pulls me aside while the rest of class is writing, or reading, or discussing. I do my best to be available. I leave my door open during my prep period and acknowledge those I pass in the halls.
The runner up to these one-on-one moments is when learning happens and everyone acknowledges it. Enjoying laughs with my department team comes in a close third. They inspire me, challenge me, and brighten my work day.