Learning is all about relationships. Sound familiar? If you’re a regular listener to this podcast you no doubt recognize this recurring theme. This theme will be the focus of our show today as Darcy Hendriks, Concordia’s Middle School Choir teacher, talks with us about the importance of connecting honestly and authentically with students through relationships, technology, and of course…music.
Dennis – It’s a Small World After All
Chris – You have to touch the heart before you can reach the mind
“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.” – Josh Shipp
Darcy – You are not a waste of space…
Notes & Links
SPECIAL GUEST – Darcy Hendriks
Learning is about relationships. I love the quote, “You have to take care of Maslow before you start with Bloom.”
Discussion – The importance of feeling “safe” for performance in music. (And other curriculum too!) How do you establish this?
Does technology play a role in this “authentic” connection? If so how?
“While maintaining the formal relationship between students and teachers, teaching through relationships, when done well, recognizes the human stories of the learners themselves (they are not blank slates), as well as that of the teacher. It is an approach that embraces our complex identities, biographies, and the stories we bring that serve to humanize the subjects we teach.”
- Fostering a sense of belonging
- Getting to know students personally
- Supporting academic success
- Attending to physiological needs
- Knowing students’ names
- Displaying care and concern during office hours
- Knowing and understand students
- Creating interesting and applicable lessons
- Addressing student concerns during course time
- Expressing care verbally
- Expressing care non-verbally
- Projecting a “feeling of care”
“Essentially these are the two criteria we use to assess the product we’re going to create. How do we extend our learning beyond our classroom — and how can what we do here make a difference to the real world? Our tool selection is guided by the answers to these questions.”
- Model it.
- Try to communicate empathy.
- Emphasize shared values and common interests.
- Offer a safe environment to discuss differences.
- Use self-disclosure.
- Create opportunities for collaboration.