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True Connection

Promote real teacher-student communication and connection, knowing your student is better than knowing what your student knows

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Connection is something rare in the school system today, teachers say what they have to say, answer questions, and put up powerpoints. This leaves students unengaged and uncaring towards the topic. If we forge real connections we can have a much better school system, even online schooling. For example, instead of exams during this time, what if a student gets on a 1 on 1 call with a teacher and the teacher asks them to explain things to them, or solve a problem, or summarize a text. This type of connection shows the student that the teacher cares, and it doesn't let children cheat. You can make sure your students stay on top of their work, stay organized, and understand what you are teaching. When we go back to normal school, this can be implemented also. Maybe in math, the teacher pulls students aside and asks them about formulas, or in language they have a short conversation in said language about the work, or in science, they talk about labs they have done. All this creates a genuine connection between teacher and student, and it also ensures students know what they are doing. If a student doesn't, the teacher offers help, extra resources, maybe they study what they missed with the teacher during lunch because they don't mind spending time with the teacher. 

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

We should leave the lack of connection between students and teachers in the past. It doesn't motivate children or make sure they are learning, it truly isn't that hard to cheat (from a student's POV). By doing this, we can keep track of all the students' learning, and help students succeed in classes. We also create trust between students and teachers, speaking from experience, when teachers relate to their students, they gain respect from the students, and the students want to look good for them. Students also aren't embarrassed to ask for help or to even hang out with the teacher.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

My name's Daniel Ibrahim, I am a first generation immigrant, I am Coptic Orthodox Christian from Egypt, and my coaches/teachers made me the person I am today. I play soccer at a decently high level, and I have some amazing teachers at my school (Glenbrook North). What they have in common, they relate to me and my peers individually. This connection is what sets them apart from other teachers and coaches. When they talk to me they talk as a friend, they genuinely care if I am succeeding, and if they see I am not they reach out to help. This doesn't happen in all schools and with all teachers, and this has to change. Being able to experience this type of relationship within school is what inspired me to write this, because I think if all teachers were like this many kids would do better in school. 

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

I live in a little suburb in Illinois called Northbrook. It is a quite and closely-knit community, there is a lot of biking to friends' houses and around the city.


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