I found this article highly validating. It was one of those moments in which I didn’t realize all these seemingly different strategies I employ as a teacher fall under the same umbrella term – connective instruction.
So what is connective instruction? Connective instruction is when “the teacher helps students make personal connections to the class, content, and learning…[and helps]… students see the curriculum as critical to their current lives, their future, and their culture”. When teachers are using connective instruction in their classroom, they are doing these six things:
- Promoting relevance: relating content to students’ lives.
- Conveying care: understanding learners’ perspectives.
- Concern for students’ well-being: demonstrating knowledge of students’ lives.
- Providing affirmation: telling students they are capable of doing well; using praise, written feedback, and opportunities for success.
- Relating to students through humor: showing that you enjoy working with young people (not as a class, as individuals).
- Enabling self-expression: connecting learning and identity by encouraging students’ expression of ideas, values, and conceptions of self.
What do you think?
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