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In this Think Tank, we remember what is at the very heart of teaching: our relationships with our students. Classrooms may pivot online, curricula and assessment go through numerous changes over the years, but a teacher’s love for their students is a theme that remains constant.
Mohammad Khari starts this issue with a reminder to pause to consider the importance of human connection in the classroom. Meredith Stephens draws on insights from her personal experiences and the educational philosophy of Nel Noddings, inviting us to reflect on the value of personal relationships and human interaction in teaching.
Next, Skye Playsted and Curtis Kelly take us back to the heart of teaching and encourage us to embrace, rather than shy away from, emotions in the classroom. The Think Tank Team then look back on the life-changing moments and relationships that inspired them to teach. Alessandro Grimaldi then focuses on the practical application of growth mindset principles and finally, Bruno Jactat looks at Searle’s fascinating “Chinese Room” experiment and reminds us of the importance of nurturing social environments.
In our Plus piece, we let the students tell us in their own words what they need from their teachers.