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Building Relationships: Practical Ideas to Implement in the Classroom

It all goes back to relationships!
Relationships are the essential element in our schools. The old adage, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” is true especially in today’s society when kids are used to so much choice in their world. Also, in today’s busy world, it’s important for teachers and school staff to make positive connections with students. We must be intentional and taking time with these relationships must be purposeful.

Members of the Compelled Tribe have teamed up to share practical ways for educators to build relationships with students. As connected educators we also embrace the notion that it is the power of the team that drives much of what we do. How do you build relationships with those that you serve? See the list below for ideas to add to what you may be already doing in the buildings and districts in which you work. (I am selecting some to add to my practice. You'll see them in blue below.)

Greet students at the door. Smile and …

Rest, Refresh, Recharge, Reach Out!

Spring break is here: 5 days to rest, refresh, recharge. How will I spend it?
I'm "hungry" to read, and I'm going to indulge on some new books and reunite with some old friends:

Amazon: Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (there's no denying it, I'm a Dickens fan!) *this one is on my iPadAmazon: A Prisoner and Yet, Corrie Ten Boom (survivor of World War II prison camps) Amazon: Tattoos on the Heart, Gregory Boyle (I can't wait to read his story!) Amazon: An Honest Look at a Mysterious Journey, John & Joanna Stumbo (overcoming tragedy) Amazon: Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning, Charles Schwahn & Beatrice McGarvey (individualized/personalized learning) 
My husband and I will probably spend some time outside cleaning up the yard. It will be enjoyable to work in the fresh air.
I'll celebrate Easter with my church family, and Easter dinner with my in-laws. I am already looking forward to refocusing my perspective on Sunday.
On Monday I'll spe…