The importance of truly loving one’s students: Wright

November 1, 2017

“I frequently tell my students outright, ‘I love you,’” writes Matthew Wright, adding that professors must “care deeply about students and show it.” The author writes that this approach has led him to spend just as much time helping high-achieving students as low-achieving ones, as those who achieve at a high level often feel a significant amount of pressure to continue performing at this level. Wright also notes that caring for students means encouraging underrepresented students who might feel as though they do not belong in their class or in PSE at all. “You will see, as I have, that love doesn’t make the teaching easier,” Wright concludes. “But love can make reaching students -- all students -- much more successful.” Inside Higher Ed