Showing Care in the Classroom

Students want you to care, and they have developed a sense of whether or not a teacher truly cares based upon their prior experiences with adults in and out of school.  Researchers Jamia M. Thomas-Richmond and M. Caroline O’Quinn conducted a study to determine student’s perceptions of caring and respect. They published their findings in … Continue reading Showing Care in the Classroom

Students Want You to CARE!

How do you define respect in the classroom?  How would your students define respect in the classroom?  Would these definitions be the same? These were the types of questions that drove a team of researchers from Seattle, WA to conduct a study of respect in the classroom. The article Four Faces of Respect (Hajii, 2006) … Continue reading Students Want You to CARE!

HEARTS Before Heads

If you’ve been in education for any length of time, you’ve probably heard about the importance of connecting with students.  You may have even heard the often quoted, “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” In the book Designed to Learn: Using Design Thinking to Bring Purpose and … Continue reading HEARTS Before Heads

The Five Elements of Design Thinking

I recently ordered some chairs for our living room, and like so many products today, they will require some assembly.  The company that produced the chairs provided instructions that contained images of the chair parts and the types of fasteners that will be used to bring the pieces all together.  The directions show step-by-step the … Continue reading The Five Elements of Design Thinking