I teach in a vocational training institute. My students are from different background and ethnic groups with uneven educational levels.
I normally started my class by sharing with them my own background, experiences and asked them to take turn and talk about themselves. Ask them to tell us about their background, experiences, what did they do before they came to our school, why did they choose to learn this trade, what do they expect to learn from this course and what are their preferred leaning styles.
I learned about the students througout these sessions and try to alter my approach… >>>