As many students are at home during the pandemic, teachers are searching for ways to connect with students in the online classroom. In Jennifer Gonzalez’s “Creating Moments of Genuine Connection Online,” from Cult of Pedagogy, teacher Dave Stuart Jr. shares simple ways to develop relationships with students, even in a digital classroom.
“The moments are embedded inside the work you’re already doing as a teacher,” says Stuart, who now offers a mini-course for other teachers on the topic.
His guiding parameters are that the interactions, whether they are personal or academic, should feel authentic to each student and be genuine. While you may not hit it off with every student, “what you’re after in these encounters is that set of feelings: valued, known, respected,” Stuart says.