The classroom is where students file in, open a textbook, learn, and leave again to repeat the process in another room down the hall. However, there is more to a classroom than just learning.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to be part of a group of people who were given the opportunity to talk about who they thought were inspirational leaders. Each person choose someone different – yet each of these inspirational leaders had left a huge impact on each person. A common trait I noticed being mentioned was each inspirational leader was passionate and caring. They gave their time to listen and act which in turn inspired others.


It has inspired me to write these three tips to remind students as well as teachers to highlight the importance of listening and talking to each other.

  • Students – when a teacher says come talk to me if you’re stressed or overwhelmed – they actually mean that! Don’t think they won’t want to listen to you.
  • Teachers – remember to remind students they can talk to you. It may seem obvious but sometimes they need a gentle reminder.
  • Top tip – try and not rush out the door to your next class – it’s those few crucial seconds were lives are changed. It might be that little moment you stopped and gave your time that people remember in ten years times – not the lessons.