What I Wish Teachers Would Never Ask

With the start of a new school year, teachers are readying classrooms, engaging in professional development and asking "How can I make this the best year for my students?" There are few opportunities as impactful as those opening moments between teachers and students to send the message "I want to see you and I want to hear you". Last year I met with a group of students and asked "What is the one thing your teachers can say or ask to start the year off well?" As I thought about their answers and one question in particular, I reflected upon how it exposes socio-economic status, family constellation, values and more. I, like many educators, have asked it and always from a genuine desire to partner with my students but as my student partnerships have become more student centered I realize the import of those opening moments and eliminated asking "What did you do this summer?"