i can’t even say how powerful this post is. Read it, and think about a teacher who did this for you.
"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none." ~William Shakespeare
Start slowly. Ease into it. Take the time to let them trust you. Breathe. Relax. Make sure they know that more than anything they matter. I’ve told myself these things every August as the new school year starts, but I don’t listen. Ever. I am always in a rush. Jump in. Get them working. Show them who’s in control.
No wonder the past few years have been rough: I took too long to build relationships.
This week I’ve done it differently, and I can already tell a difference.
I have not done the get-to-know you bingo games, the list-your-favorite-things cards, the 2 true/1 lie, or the numerous other “relationship building” activities that rise in the back-to-school Google searches.
I have asked students to write. And I’ve written with them. And we’ve shared.
The first day of school I showed…
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