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
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).
- 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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