Summary: This article focuses on the importance of building positive relationships in a classroom in order to transform it into a community. The author suggests several strategies for starting the school year by building strong relationships.
Source: Rebecca Alber, Edutopia, August 16, 2017
“Learning doesn’t happen without relationships. In the classroom, rules matter, but as many of us have learned after a few years teaching, relationships matter much more. One way we can deepen our relationships with students is to share a bit about ourselves with them, and create opportunities for them to share with us—and each other. Of course rules, routines, and policies are crucial to outline for your students on day one so they know what to expect. We learn early on in our careers as teachers that being firm and clear about classroom expectations from the start will make all the difference for the kind of year we will have.”
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