During the next several weeks of instruction, teachers will be focused on establishing strong relationships with their students, setting expectations and establishing routines, and making connections with parents so they can be a part of their child's education.
Teachers focus on building relationships with students by greeting them with a smile and saying hello, taking time to learn their names and something about them, developing an understanding of how they learn, and taking note of what interests them. They encourage students to be involved and to participate in activities because this is good for their social and emotional development and helps them to feel connected at school. Students develop an understanding of what is expected, so teachers share what is important, clarify boundaries, and practice established procedures and routines. Teachers make an effort to communicate with parents about their students as it helps build trust and allows the parent to become a partner in education. This isn't fluff, it is the real "stuff" that makes a difference in how students relate to their teachers and classmates, understand their boundaries, and know what they will be expected to understand and be able to do. It lays the groundwork and builds students self-efficacy and confidence in their ability to learn.
Late last week I sent out a link to a short video of our students on the first day of school over email and didn't include it in my blog. Several have asked to see it, so I have included it here. I hope you will enjoy watching it.