"The best teachers teach from the heart, not the book". (Horace Mann, American Educator).
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." (Maya Angelou)
Teaching and learning centres around students, the classroom, and the content. However, too often, we ignore the quality of our interactions with students. We, as teachers, preoccupy our thoughts around the curriculum. In culturally responsive teaching, relationships are as important as the curriculum. "Caring" is one of the major pillars of culturally responsive teaching. "This reality stands in contrast to the dominant factory model of schooling, with its focus on the technical aspects of curriculum coverage and testing to sort and label students." (Zaretta Hammond, 2015).
Relationship building can be enhanced using activities like Quizlet in class. A few days ago we used Quizlet's new feature, a collaborative game, "Live". It was an exhilarating, team-play of the students in the class. I will recommend it to teachers; to use it as a tool which integrates educational technology, collaborative process and above all, enjoyable relationship building endeavour.
I also made a video clip of the moment in class: