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12 Most Important Things Children want from their Teachers

1. Greet me each day.
Greet me with a sincere “Salaam”, and send me off with a “See you tomorrow In-shaa-Allah.”

2. Smile.
When you look at me, let me see happiness in your eyes.

3. Give me your attention.
Sit and talk with me privately; even if only for a second.

4. Imagine with me.
Help me dream of things I might be able to do; not just the things I need to do now.

5. Give me challenging content and assignments.
Show me how to handle it. Teach me what to do.

6. Ask about me.
Enquire about my weekend, the game a played, the places I go. It shows you care about my life.

7. Let me have time.
Time to let things sink in. Time to think. Time to reflect, process, and play.

8. Demand of me.
Hold me accountable to high standards. Don’t let me get away with what you know I am capable of doing better.

9. Notice Me.
Leave special messages in my desk or locker. Just a quick note that says you notice something right.

10. Let me ask the questions.
Even if they are off topic. It will show that I am thinking about new perspectives, curious, and willing to learn more. Let me have the chance to show what I am wondering about, not just what I know.

11. Engage me.
I came to you in love with learning, keep me excited, keep me wanting more.

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