Connecting With Students

8 Sep

At present I am doing Year 6 interviews along with the rest of the Senior Leadership Team. I find these insightful in a number of ways and I enjoy the look of wonder on student’s faces as they start their journey at our school. I would in no way say that I was perfect in the way I carry out my role and definitely would change some things that I do. I’m hoping that the areas I’ve identified below will help both me and you do better.

1. Connect with students.

I enjoy being on crossing duty in the afternoon. It gives me the chance to think and have a positive contact with all the students, as they leave. I see this as touching hearts. It could be cold, or detached, at first, but then I started seeing this as an opportunity to really connect with students. Not only could you get to know the student better, but you could see problems before they started and diffuse them. I went from hating supervision to seeing this as the best part of my day; it is all about perspective. As the kids leave, be outside again, check in on them, and say goodbye. The same could be said for being involved in extra curricula activities.

Mock exams are coming up at school, teachers do the supervision, and it can be time consuming. I remember seeing this as a pain because you stand for an hour but it is a good time to reflect. It is an insight to see large groups of students in the learning environment.

 2. Be positive.

I want students to see my office as a place where they could come, talk, and grow. My goal is to ensure that I talked to kids and got to know them so that if they ever did end up in my office, I already had established a relationship with them. Some of these relationships could have been built on the sports field or simply at the crossing, as they leave each day.

3. Be there.

Students need to know you will be there for them, especially when they have a problem. Eventually, stories will come out, they relax, feel at ease with you, so then follow up with, “If you were me, what would you do?” I do this a lot. Students usually know the right thing to do

4. Keep your sense of humour.

Students get this. People get this. It lightens the mood.

5. Get amongst it.

I still think that with classroom teaching, team coaching and simply being among the students, to a great degree, you solve many issues with crop up with students.

6. Show you love teaching and the students.

The majority of educators get into teaching because they love kids. Imagine how much more you can get from them in their learning when you display this. This is not just for relationships with students, but in any relationship in your life. Be open to showing students how much you care about them. Be their advocate. Care about them. This comes down to basic Gospel values in Matthew 6:21


Just for Fun…

Love this Japanese Doctor!

Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?

A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it… Don’t waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.


Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?

A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Fruit very good. Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Grain good too. Bottoms up!


Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?

A: Can’t think of one, sorry. My philosophy: No pain…good!


Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?

A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetable be bad?


Q: Is chocolate bad for me?

A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!


Q: Is swimming good for your figure?

A: If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.


Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?

A: Hey! ‘Round’ is shape!


Well… I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And remember:

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Chardonnay in one hand – chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO-HOO, what a ride!!”


For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.


CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you…!




One Response to “Connecting With Students”

  1. Monika Kern September 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Thanks for your post, it links to a few of the thoughts that have been going around my mind. I used to hate having my first whanau many class years ago, I just saw it as additional hassle (I was a poor excuse for a whanau teacher). Since then I have come to realise how important relationships are for learning. How you build them in a busy day of rat-racing from teaching one class after the other can be a challenge, but you have just shown a few of the more easily doable ways in your post. Thanks for sharing!

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