It’s back to school season, and whether its a new pair of shoes or a fresh haircut, first impressions make a difference. Underneath those superficial differences are more important ways to make a good impression. For teachers, establishing a positive relationship with students on Day One is the most essential factor in creating a safe and nurturing learning environment.
In her edutopia piece Relationships Matter More Than Rules, Rebecca Alber begins with this truth: “learning doesn’t happen without relationships.” She provides simple, effective strategies for teachers to establish and deepen their relationships with students. Alber recognizes that sharing classroom rules and procedures is important on Day One, but developing a sense of community will produce a more successful learning environment throughout the course of the school year.
To read more about developing relationships in the classroom, we highly recommend reading the whole article linked above. Share your strategies for community building with us on Twitter by using the hashtag #ConceptConnects
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Contributed by Christoper Murphy, Ed.D