Talking about education in the summer is difficult. While we are still going to trainings, sorting and organizing supplies, and picking up things that are too cute to pass up at the dollar store, we're not quite ready to bust out the lesson plans for next year. That is A-okay! So instead, I bring you something to mull over in our new Relational Realities series on Thursdays.
I feel like my relationships with my students are a pendulum- something I really focus on one year and slack off on the next. It's hard to build relationships with 150+ students, many of whom you share very few common interests with. However, building positive, healthy relationships is, in many ways, the foundation of a productive school year.
|My sweet girl and I|
This was an important lesson to learn in that first year, but it is not one that I've mastered. Especially with increased testing demands, relationships seem to have been put on the back burner. And just like everything else, if something's not your priority, it's likely not to get done. Join me this summer as we brainstorm ways to create this relationship-building time in our days. Workable ways that help you get to know your triple-digit class roster without a lot of time or expense.
If you haven't already, grab your friends and join us for The Curly Classroom's Birthday Party. It's the Saturday after next!! We've got a great day packed with tons of tips and ideas for close reading skills using our Shared Readings, interactive notebooks, writing structures and grouping strategies. On our special day, we want to celebrate skill-based instruction in your classroom! Click here to register.