Another important reason to get to know your students

In our seminar on issues of child abuse and neglect today, the importance of taking the time to know one’s students rose to an even higher level.  Often there are grey areas in discerning if a child is being abused or neglected.  Many times, worrisome observations can be attributed to different cultural practices, big changes in the child’s life, poor parenting, or poverty.  Knowing students well can help a teacher notice if there are changes in behavior or performance and provide awareness of the student’s culture.  Thankfully a teacher has school counselors and administration for support, advice, and to follow through on worrisome situations students may be experiencing.  Making sure children are safe and taken care of is always the first priority.

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