I was able to connect with my students in a way that was outside of what was norm
I was able to educate them on something that may not have been the normal topic, but it added value to their lives. They saw it as valuable, and because of that, we had a very engaging conversation where they were asking good questions, and they were learning
I was able to develop trust. And if they were trusting me in this particular area, then they would trust me in other areas, like chemistry.
What we were actually doing was having fun and playing with a concept!
It was learning, maybe not what was prescribed for that particular day, but It was learning none the less.
Learning is organic; it happens because human being are constantly learning about the world around them, and we are inquisitive creatures. Sometimes, it’s nice to go off on tangents, to follow a path that has not been traveled before in your classroom
Make time for these mental adventures; you will learn a lot about yourself, but also about your students.
- Keep it professional
- Keep it as topic related as possible
- Try to tie it into things they are already learning or have learned in your classroom.
These tangents reinvigorate your classroom. And more importantly, they allow your students to gain trust.
If they trust you on a tangent, they will trust you in your classroom.