I am obsessed with soft skills, or rather the lack of soft skills. After writing an earlier blog about soft skills for teachers, I started looking around at others who had great soft skills, but what I noticed were the people who had almost none at all.
It is not reasonable to me, nor do I believe, that anything is random or happens by chance. In fact, it is perfectly reasonable to me, and I firmly believe, that every effect has a cause -- even if no one except God can comprehend this cause.
I asked a group of elementary and secondary students this question: "What should teachers be doing right now to get ready for the first day of school?" Their answers may surprise you as much as they surprised me.
As I sat on the couch reading index card after index card filled with personal information that my students wanted me to know about them, I wondered if they would really get it -- that real learning occurs through personal relationships.