Life happens, and no matter how much someone tries to schedule or plan, there are certain events, such as sickness and family deaths that cannot be controlled. It is the role of an educator and classroom facilitator to know what is going on with students. Being empathetic to students’ needs and the issues consuming them is imperative.
Educators who build a strong rapport with their students usually have productive learners. Students need to know that they are not just a name and a grade, but rather a person who has a life. Events occur without prior notice beyond human control.
Some students take longer to open up and share information; others are more forthright. When a student feels as though his instructor is invested in his academic development, he usually puts forth more effort into assignments. Classroom instructors who take the time to create bonds with their students will find that their students are more willing to produce better academic products. No student enters a class wanting to fail. Therefore, it is the instructor’s goal to be more understanding of students’ needs.