What is it?
Teachers are sensitive when they consistently, quickly and effectively respond to individual children based on verbal or behavioral cues. Sensitive teachers are aware of each child’s academic and emotional abilities and needs, which allows them to anticipate areas of difficulty and provide appropriate levels of support. Teachers who are aware of and respond to each child supportively facilitate the ability of all children in the classroom to explore actively and learn.
Why is it important?
Children in a classroom with sensitive teachers grow to see teachers as a source of support, reassurance, and guidance. Teaching sensitively helps children feel comfortable with sharing their ideas and challenging themselves academically and socially. It also allows children to work well on their own and in groups because they know that if a problem or question arises they can go to the teacher, who help them resolve their problem effectively.
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