I have one intention in mind when I walk into a classroom:
How can I warm up the room? 🔥
“Enthusiasm is contagious.”
In this short video I share the thoughts that go through my mind as I walk into a classroom and meet my psychology students for the first time. I also discuss the specifics of how I connect with and encourage students each new day.
What goes through your mind when you walk into a room?
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Haha! My first thought when I walk into my classroom was ‘You don’t want to know!’
Actually, I have been teaching for about 10 years. I still get ‘nervous’ before teaching even though I know my students are only 8 or 9 years old and they are probably just as nervous if not more nervous than me.
That is until their personalities kick in…. 🙂
Me too Sarah! Nervousness = Excitement. And I would never trade those first day jitters for anything. It shows that we’re still in the game! BTW lucky 8 & 9 year olds to have you for their teacher. You rock! 💥
Great focus for your teaching Andrea.
I bet you light many fires. 🙂
Thanks Brad! My PhD research was on teacher enthusiasm and student learning, motivation, and memory. And after all these years of teaching psychology, I have finally found the perfect mix of content and delivery – smiles, laughter, and a whole lot of high fives! Warmth motivates! 📕🔥
I would love to have had a teacher like you! I know it would have made a big difference.
Oh, I miss those days – being in a classroom, engaging with students. I used to pass a little slip of bright paper to each student. I’d tell them 3 things they needed to know about me to help them be successful in my class: I have trouble hearing when there is background noise; I have a short memory (so they might need to remind me or repeat things); and I can’t read their minds (talk to me if you have any questions or concerns.) Then I’d ask the same of them: write down 3 things I need to know about you to help you be successful in my class. Sometimes the responses were funny (indicating character) and sometimes they were heartbreakingly revealing (such as “if I act up, don’t take it personally; I can’t help myself”.)
Brilliant VJ! I can see the twinkle in your eye as you passed out the papers. And the hear the laughter in the air as you read them at night. Thank you for sharing another one of your creative techniques for my teacher’s toolkit. As you continue to be a teacher (via writing), to your family, your readers, and especially me! xo
You are right about the twinkle in my eye. Students never failed to awe me.
Me too VJ! A room full of possibilities! 🙂
Nice video.. on university days. Your video is helpful because I am going to have to teach at some point. So useful for me.
When i go into a room, well I guess I am not always on fire.
I’m on fire for a reason. 🔥 To light up each student’s passion for learning. This is my goal. 📚
Thank you. I have got to get that fire on the one thing I have to teach.
When I walk in a room, as a student, I really look forward to a teacher like you that can make the classroom bigger than the entire universe for us.
And who can make us believe in ourselves.
And the best of the words that you said in the video were “Right here, right now with you…”
I really wish there were more teachers like you…
You are welcome in my psychology classroom anytime!
If not in body, most definitely in spirit! xo
Thank you so much Dr. Andrea. I feel like I am already your psychology student. 😊😊😊
How can I warm up the room today…
Powerful thought process indeed.
A student once told me that he enjoyed my classes because I let him be himself…that spoke volumes to me. Connection is key. Another great post.
Oh Marie. That’s the best feedback a teacher could ever as for! We fertilize the soil, create the sunshine, and watch them bloom. 🌹
Thank you Andrea!
I have never lead a class but I would love if the speaker is talking about the subject and adds a little bit of humor too. Lovely post very encouraging and inspiring!
Wow. I wish I could have had you as an instructor. I appreciate your mindset and presence for your students.
I believe your research, based on my experience. I greet my high school students at the door each day, and they respond in kind. 😃
I would love to be one of your students Crystal.
thank you for sharing
I can feel the good vibes all the way from your classroom to mine.
Have a wonderful start to the school year!
The feeling is mutual! I would love to sit in on one of yours.