Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs lists the following, in a triangle format, from smallest to largest needs:
Love and Belonging Needs
Safety and Security Needs
Too often, we focus on the fact that the kids in our classes are struggling with the academics, and we tend to overlook the fact that many don't feel safe and secure at home. Some don't feel loved, or that they belong anywhere. And if we can't help students to find a place in our classrooms, then we need to re-think why we are in this profession. I hope it's not for the worksheets.
As educational professionals, we sometimes have to take a step back from our job and really look at the kids in our class. There will always be those that know how to push our buttons. But are they trying to make us push back, because then they feel accepted? Or do they have lagging skills and a low self-esteem? If we really are mindful of our students, and what they bring to the class every day, then the academics will come.
How do you make Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs a priority in your classroom?