Allison Rooney, in her article, What Students say about Teacher Quality, says:
“students want teachers who care, who push them, who maintain a classroom that is conducive to learning, and who are sensitive to their individual needs as learners. “
We must never fall so in love with gadgets that we forget that our first love should be our students. If a student doesn't have the teacher's heart, gadgets will only be a distraction.
Admid the plethora of NECC postings, remember who this is about. I love gadgets more than most, but my greatest classroom tool for learning is my expectation, vigilance, and love of every student as a unique individual put here for a purpose.
Technology is the pump on the conduit of information flow made by caring.
Want to know more?
Crabtree, S. (2004, June 4). Teachers who care get most from kids [electronic version]. Detroit News. Retrieved July 23, 2004, from http://www.detnews.com/2004/schools/0406/04/a09-173712.htm.
Lovelace Taylor, K. (2004). Through their eyes: A strategic response to the national achievement gap. Philadelphia: Research for Better Schools.
Wilson, B.L., & Corbett, H.D. (2001). Listening to urban kids: School reform and the teachers they want. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
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