Adventure Specialists' Advice

February 24, 2017

Building Relationships with Students

I came across an article today about building relationships with students. We all want to do that, so I read the article, hoping for some new ideas. The bad news is, there was nothing new. The good news is, we are already doing everything they suggested!


  1. Be visible - Students need to see teachers and be greeted by them before and between classes. We all do this regularly! There are students in most of the classrooms during breaks, and many of you greet students by name each day.
  2. Take interest - Attend student events outside of class. Not only are there several of us at every sporting events and performance, but many of you are also the coaches! I think our students know that the teachers are interested in more than their academics.
  3. Listen - Give students an opportunity to talk about their concerns and joys. This is a regular part of our Dalat culture. Yesterday at lunch, I saw several different student-teacher pairs eating and talking together. We also gives students these opportunities during SAT groups.


Thanks for all of the little things you do to prioritize building relationships with students. When the Wisely's talked about loving your neighbor, this is what they meant!

Important Dates

Feb. 28: Divisional Meeting; DJHS Decisions

March 2: 8th Grade HS Registration, 4 PM and 7 PM

March 6: No School

March 7: DJHS (Chapel Schedule with A block in the morning and assembly at 2:30)

March 7: PD Meeting, 4:00

March 10: PTO International Food Fair and Jr. for Hire

March 14: MS Concert

March 15: End of Quarter 3

March 20: Q3 Grades Verified

March 23: Parent-Teacher Conferences; 12:30 dismissal

March 25 - April 2: Mid-Semester Break

Authentic Transformation: The Journey

With this week being MEW, I thought I’d digress from active learning topics for a few weeks and talk about something near and dear to my heart: authentic transformation through Christ. My education in this area has come through trial and error, prayer, and research over several years. My journey started when I began to teach Bible 12 and found out that though many of my students were Christians in name, they were, by their own admission, not living as Christians. Many of them had attended Dalat for years and “knew” all of the right answers but were not putting that truth into practice. For the majority, faith was strong in their early years but had steadily declined in high school. Though they were kind, respectful students, this did not necessarily translate to faith. While this was a hard reality for me to face, I also started seeing that when they had the opportunity to learn how to cultivate a relationship with Christ, life-change began to happen. I wasn’t totally sure why what we were doing in class was working, but it motivated me to try to figure out what takes spiritual knowledge from theory to practice. Now, almost three years later, I feel like our crew of Bible teachers and the Authentic Transformation Action Team are starting to gain an understanding about what brings lasting spiritual change. I want to share some highlights of what we’ve learned in this process because I believe they will be a great help to you as you work with students both in Bible and in your regular classes. It’s going to take all of us working together to see all of our students impacted! I’m excited about what God has done this week during MEW and look forward to seeing Him continue the work this semester.

Susan Allen

HS Teacher, Instructional Coach

How does Emotional Intelligence impact our teaching?

I read this interesting article on emotional intelligence in the classroom. The interesting thing about this article is that it did not focus on understanding our students better. Rather, the focus was on understanding our own emotions and how those impact our teaching and classroom environments. If you have the time, it's a quick read.




4 Questions to Ask Yourself to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

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