Connecting with the students you teach helps them learn. Why do I say that? A sense of belonging helps us feel safe and part of the whole. It is important to take a moment to mindfully connect. This could be just stopping to listen to their story, complimenting a new hair cut or a shirt they like, or making sure the have food today.
Simple, mindful connections do enhance student learning as they build a child's sense of being cared for, valued, and safe.