Use the web-based 'Get to Know You' survey in your classroom, featuring questions on interests outside of school and learning styles.
Students instantly see what they have in common with their teacher; teachers can explore similarities with their students.
Use your shared interests to start conversations and connect what you're studying in a way that will help your students learn.
For years, educators have recognized that teacher-student relationships matter. Research has increasingly shown that strong relationships between students and teachers can unlock a wide set of positive outcomes.
In a recent study from Harvard University, Dr. Hunter Gehlbach and colleagues found that when students and teachers discover what they have in common, they are more likely to foster a positive relationship—which can improve student performance and reduce achievement gaps.
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