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5 Tips to Help Students Feel Valued in the Classroom

Students need to feel valued. Today's featured educator Crystal Willis from Instagram and TpT as “SunflowersandSped” shares five important tips to help students feel valued. From noticing strengths to not making a simple mistake that makes people feel dumb — Crystal has practical tips to help all of us better make children feel loved.

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Listen to Crystal Willis talk about promoting student value


Crystal Willis Bio As Submitted

First day of year 10Crystal from SunflowersandSped is an educator with more than ten years of special education classroom experience. Her credential is in mild to moderate special education with a certification in ELA. She has taught in both public and private school settings for elementary, middle, and high school grades, and is currently helping to oversee the implementation of a special ed program at a private school in Southern California. Crystal uses her IG account to connect with other sped teachers, parents, and students. She has a passion for making sure all special ed students feel seen, valued, and loved. As a student who struggled with dyslexia herself, she shares her story to build connections and community with her students and their families.

What's next? Crystal is releasing her very own SunflowersandSped podcast in May. The podcast will give multiple perspectives on special education from the students, teachers, parents, and community. She'll be interviewing people representing each perspective, as well as sharing stories, strategies, and resources. The goal of the podcast is to inspire hope and community building.

Blog: https://sunflowersandsped.com/

Instagram: @sunflowersandSped

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Mckenzie Lutz April 22, 2019 - 11:37 pm

I personally love this topic! It’s great seeing teachers actually making personal connections with students, and taking time to understand them.

Skylar Forbes April 23, 2019 - 8:49 pm

This was such an awesome podcast! I will definitely be using this in my future classroom! Thank you for making this podcast.

Skylar Forbes April 23, 2019 - 8:49 pm

This was such an awesome podcast and I will definitely be using this in my future classroom! Thank you for making this podcast it was so informative and helped me to really open my eyes

Amber April 23, 2019 - 9:10 pm

I love this! It is so important for teachers to make students feel like they matter as the classroom should be a safe and supportive space. A teacher can have a huge influence in students’ lives so learning how to support your students is so important!

Hannah O April 24, 2019 - 11:31 am

These are great tips! I especially appreciate and agree with affirming students in their strengths, both by calling home and telling the student in the classroom. It is more effective and impactful than we realize.

Amber April 24, 2019 - 4:07 pm

These tips are inspiring. As a student going into education I believe it is so important to make students feel valued especially in the classroom.

Megan April 24, 2019 - 8:40 pm

I really enjoyed learning more about this topic! Too many teachers don’t make enough of an effort to connect with their students even though it is such an important part of educating.

Amanda Heinze April 24, 2019 - 8:41 pm

I loved this podcast!! I will definitely use these tips when I become a teacher. It is so amazing to listen to a teacher that is so passionate about not only teaching their students, but also caring and getting to know each one of them.


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