Wednesday, September 15, 2010


09.15.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

Standing tall above the others, this palm tree is certainly more impressive than the others! Part of that is simply due to perspective, but seeing its background and viewing it closer (and perhaps more personal) helps to put it center stage. Sometimes we don't get a chance to draw on that perspective due to time, other focal points and maybe even disinterest.

Similarly, relationships with students can become quick and casual without taking note of the perspective. Knowing a bit more about one's background, seeing them as individuals - in a more personal manner - can help them feel more valued and help us better communicate and facilitate learning. Traditionally, in our high schools, teachers are asked to manage 150 students a day - no wonder many (sadly) don't even know student names. Fortunately, the high school where I work has cut that ratio in half and provides in-depth time for interaction with nearly 90 minute instructional blocks a day instead of the traditional 50 minutes. How can we help more students stand tall? 3rd Ave S & US 41 E, Naples, FL

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