Q: How do I connect with my students?
A: For me, listening is key. In the midst of a constantly harried world, moving my focus from what I feel that I "need" to be doing to a student and their "needs" is one of the most important things that I can do. I am by no means saying that shifting my focus is easy or always what I want to do. But if I am going to claim that I teach because I want to help my students, I must give them my focus and attention. If I can't do that, then my priorities are out of order. I certainly don't achieve this all the time. I'm looking forward to observe how my releasing more autonomy to my students will affect my relationship with them.