62 Ways to Demonstrate Love and Care Toward Students

If you work with children, you realize the positive influence you can have on them. When you truly demonstrate love and care to those with whom you teach, your ministry reaches a level not achieved by the ordinary. Starting with the very first point, which alludes to being Holy Spirit led (probably the most important quality), and working through the end of the list, these items will help those who work with youth demonstrate their love to children. Our students know how they are cared for and treated by us. They understand if you, as a teacher, love them from your heart. This list was put together by the staff of First Baptist School of Rosemount. We trust that what is listed here will help and improve you as an individual as you seek to demonstrate love toward others.

For a printable copy of these items, please click here.

  1. Submit to the Holy Spirit so your students are mentored by a Spirit-led teacher.
  2. Call the student (or family) who has been absent, especially for an extended amount of time.
  3. Assure students that each day is a new day and a clean slate for them.
  4. Pray for your students.
    • Choose a couple of desks each morning and pray for the students who sit there.
    • During personal devotions, call each student’s name out in prayer.
    • Partner with them in prayer regarding requests that the students might have.
    • Let students know you are praying for them, but only if you will pray for them.
    • Follow up with a student about a prayer request.
  5. Visit in the homes of the children you teach.
  6. Be a prepared teacher who does not waste time in the classroom.
  7. Praise students publicly, and discipline privately, when possible.
  8. Greet students by name as they walk into your classroom; tell them goodbye as they exit your classroom at the end of the day.
  9. Smile.
  10. Listen and focus on a student when they talk to you. Be good at listening and look people in the eye.
  11. Spend time with your students individually.
  12. Reward students for doing a good job, even rewarding them at times for no reason at all.
  13. Compliment your students, and also do so, in front of their parents and siblings. Praise them publicly.
  14. Get to know your students by asking them open-ended questions.
  15. If possible, help a student with a question immediately, even if it means you stop what you are doing. Answer kindly.
  16. Support students by supporting school policy when bullying occurs at any level.
  17. Show specific concern for the well-being of a student’s family.
  18. Attend, watch, and cheer positively (when applicable) at any extracurricular, school-sponsored activities (sporting and music events, etc.)
  19. When possible, attend a student’s extracurricular activities outside of school.
  20. Display a student’s work in a visible place.
  21. In the process of discipline, show concern and take the necessary time needed.
  22. Make treats for your students.
  23. Show an interest in a student’s personal life. Ask about hobbies and activities that interest them.
  24. Place a sticker or identifiable public item on their clothing for a particular prize, award, or improvement.
  25. Allow students to have jobs that can help you as a teacher in the classroom.
  26. Do not allow your personal concerns or issues to interfere or cause a loss of focus with your students.
  27. Assure parents and students they are part of a team as far as a student’s education.
  28. Tell students that you are thankful for them.
  29. Have a measure of flexibility. Do not allow such a rigorous schedule cause you to lose focus and priority with students (people). The ministry is about people, not about a schedule. Keeping students a priority is important.
  30. Talk and engage with students from other grades or classes, not just your own.
  31. Explain to students why rules are important according to the Bible so they can grow with proper convictions.
  32. Get to know a student’s family at games, PTF, field trips, programs, and church.
  33. Support their fundraisers, especially as a senior.
  34. Write a note of encouragement and put it in their locker or desk along with a treat.
  35. Ask them to help you with a project, then give them merits, and compliment them on a job well done.
  36. Eat lunch with your students.
  37. Be polite and respectful toward students by saying, “Please,” “Excuse me,”, and “Thank you.”
  38. In love and with a proper spirit, hold students accountable for their actions; this will help them grow to be mature, disciplined adults.
  39. Find a student’s interests, abilities, or strengths and encourage them in those areas.
  40. Remember special events in their life such as their birthday; send a birthday card.
  41. Take a student or a group of students out to eat.
  42. Treat students with respect; treat them the way you would want to be treated.
  43. Do not bring up their past mistakes or rule infractions.
  44. View your teaching as a business and provide the best customer service to the student and family.
  45. Be on time for your class(es).
  46. If possible, survey your students and allow another party to assess you as a teacher and how you can improve; be open and welcoming to constructive criticism from others.
  47. Offer financial help to a student and/or a family when a need arises.
  48. Point out specific things about a student’s character that are admirable.
  49. Be proud to receive and display the artwork and items students give to teachers as a gift.
  50. Ask students for their personal opinion or feedback.
  51. If applicable to you and your situation within ministry, be available for your students 24/7.
  52. Be consistent and fair with every student.
  53. Constantly improve yourself as an educator going above and beyond to present a creative, exciting, and enthusiastic classroom environment. (use of audio/visuals, projects, etc.)
  54. Take care to present yourself as easy to listen to – and to not come across as a boring individual without zeal and excitement.
  55. Share your goals with your students.
  56. Engage students in a classroom setting by getting their input and making them feel a part of the class.
  57. Share personal stories and illustrations in your own teaching; be transparent.
  58. Provide help with school projects and resources when applicable.
  59. Keep in touch with students after they graduate.
  60. Be neat and professional in your attire and the way your room or office looks. This reflects how you come across to your students.
  61. Return graded school work to students in a timely fashion.
  62. Work on having an even, non-moody, joyful, godly countenance and temperament.

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