Jennie Magiera teaches us how to connect with students on Every Classroom Matters.

Connect with Students: Getting and Staying In Touch with Every Student


How can we connect with our students every single day? Teacher Jennie Magiera reflects honestly about how she killed creativity but brought it back from the dead. She shares how a simple Google form changed everything about the relationship with her students. Her insights about kids working below grade level are helpful to every teacher who struggles to reach them. A White House Champion for Change, you'll be inspired to connect with your students in new ways after listening to this episode.

Important Takeaways

  • How a mood check-in gave Jennie a “qualitative shift” in her relationship with her students. (BYOD schools take note)
  • 5 Ideas for how to do mood check-ins (even without technology)
  • How Jennie pursued Ken Robinson's dream to move towards creativity only to realize she had “broken” her students
  • How to empower and engage kids who are far below grade level.
  • How to help kids want to learn.

Educator Resources

Quotes

[tweetthis]How can we allow for all students to have access to powerful and transformational opportunities? @MsMagiera[/tweetthis]

[tweetthis]Every child deserves a world-class education. @coolcatteacher #edreform[/tweetthis]

[tweetthis]We need to give our students more choice and voice. @MsMagiera[/tweetthis]

"I realized I had essentially broken my students. They were looking for rubrics and checklists. I had robbed them of their ability to make choices. They didn't feel comfortable anymore, they were so reliant on me. I had to undo that overscaffolding and show them how to be their own educational agents of change on their own educational journey."

“I realized I had essentially broken my students. They were looking for rubrics and checklists. I had robbed them of their ability to make choices. They didn't feel comfortable anymore, they were so reliant on me. I had to undo that overscaffolding and show them how to be their own educational agents of change on their own educational journey.” Jennie Magiera

I encourage teachers to move beyond their school walls and work with a school in a setting unlike theirs so we can share the learning across school types. Jennie Magiera

Connect with Students: Getting and Staying in Touch with Every Student is Episode 175 on Every Classroom Matters

Connect with Students: Getting and Staying in Touch with Every Student is Episode 175 on Every Classroom Matters with guest Jennie Magiera.

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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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