Teaching Standards

Standard 1: Respect and Care about Students

Why the Standard is Important

This standard is important because students who feel respected and cared for perform better in the classroom. A little rapport goes a long way in facilitating a student’s receptivity toward learning. The effort demonstrated by an educator to care about their students is often repaid by student achievement. The benefit of respect and caring for students is a positive learning environment and overall experience for both instructor and student.

Examples for How to Address This Standard

  1. Showing students you care can be as simple as learning a student’s name, returning emails and assignments promptly, and listening to student’s concerns. Lighten up, and don’t forget to smile (Gross 2009).

  2. Rapport is another component of this standard. Rapport is interacting with students in the classroom, lecture less, and emphasizing applicability in the subject matter taught.


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