Here’s a Subtle Way to Bond with Students…

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Use what you wear as a narrative. That’s right…let your daily ensemble tell a story. Ignite your imagination and promote whatever topic you’re currently studying. It may take some thinking! Often, I select what I’m going to wear, then think about how the color combo or style might be remotely related to my lesson plan. YES…IT OFTEN IS QUITE A STRETCH!

Its quite amazing how many students get sucked into this daily fashion puzzle:

  • How is Mr. Sturtevant’s outfit tied to our lesson?
  • I wonder what he’s calling today’s ensemble?

Today, we are creating colorful images in class. I thought I’d support this endeavor with my outfit, which celebrates complimentary colors on the color wheel!

If you’d like to learn more about connecting with students, check out my book “You’ve Gotta Connect”


You can also listen to me talk about connecting with students on the following podcasts:

Talks With Teachers with Brian Sztabnik

Inspiring Educators with Sung Lee

Cult of Pedagogy with Jennifer Gonzalez

AJEd Episode #07 with Adam Jones

Principal Center Radio with Justin Baeder

All Sides on NPR’s WOSU 89.7 with Ann Fisher

Middle School Matters

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