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Every Kid Needs a Champion by Rita Pierson
Rita Pierson is nothing short of inspiring. In her talk she talks about the importance of teacher-student relationships. As a teacher you will never like all of your students but it is important that you do your best to reach out to all of your students and build a relationship with each and every single one. Children only learn in classrooms they feel comfortable in, and that sense of comfort comes from the students.
Building relationships is essential to student learning. Building students confidence is essential to student learning. Showing kids you care is essential to student learning. As educators putting student needs above your own is part of the job description. Learning should be fun. Learning should be engaging. Learning should not be a burden and you should most certainly not allow your students to think it is. Pierson creates a positive learning environment for her students and gives them a space to fail and to succeed. One of my favorite things that Pierson says in her speech is when she is talking about how she graded a students quiz. The student got 18 of the 20 questions wrong and Pierson put plus 2 and a smiley face on the paper. She said "Minus 18 sucks the life out of you. But plus 2 says I ain't all bad." This is such a powerful action. It demonstrates that in all that we do in our classroom, it effects the students. I am a highly positive person and do display that positivity in the classroom with rub off on your students. Build confidence in you students, don't shut them down. Show your students you care about them. Support them. Like Pierson proclaims, be their champion.
Pierson, R. (2013, May 3) Every kid needs a champion [Video file]. Retrieved from: https://youtu.be/SFnMTHhKdkw?list=PLbRLdW37G3oMquOaC-HeUIt6CWk-FzaGp a
Teacher candidate at CSU, San Marcos.
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