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Being There for Students

Reflections on Teaching

Being There for Students

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Why this article is worth discussing: It’s true, every class is unique and every student an individual. New content abounds; interesting bits can be added to the course. But let’s face it: a lot about teaching doesn’t change. Individually and collectively, students make the same poor choices about learning. They ask the same questions, find the same concepts confusing. The bedrock basics in most fields don’t change all that much, and some courses we teach over and over again. Keeping teaching fresh and energized is a challenge. Being there for students every day and in every course can wear a teacher down. This article explores what it means to be present, why presence is important, and what helps a teacher stay connected to the content and the students.

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