How often do you step away from your social studies curriculum to get to know your students? Once a week? Once a month? Do you ever make specific plans or set aside specific time in your lessons to build meaningful, appropriate relationships with your kids?
Do you purposely plan your lessons with your students’ “interests” in mind? If not, you should start doing so immediately.
How do you start your class every day?
Do you remember your favorite teacher? Who could ever forget that teacher? Who could ever forget the special way that teacher inspired you and made you a better student and person at the same time?