Teachers’ Cues, Subtle or Not, Shape Students’ Experiences

Three children holding hands with a teacher

This interview in Education Week, June, 2017 with Dena Simmons highlights the impact of the classroom culture on students.

Her comments highlight social acceptance and echo the work of Mary Helen Immordino-Yang on social-emotional brain development. Simmons comments on the importance of social acceptance for students with different socio-economic backgrounds but I think they also apply to students with MI profiles that differ from what the teacher values in the classroom.



“If students don’t’ feel like they belong to their school environment, they can feel like impostors….That feeling can create fear and anxiety that hijack students’ learning experiences or lead them to believe they are not capable of success….”


Education Week, online, June 21, 2017

CLICK:   www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/06/21/teachers-cues-shape-students-sense-of-belonging.html