Will Richardson provided our district with an inspirational vision of how he thinks schools should look for our students. He really pushed our thinking and most importantly he always pushes us to ask more questions. In the spirit of Will Richardson, every week a Re-imagining 2017-2018 post will be shared here to challenge us to think differently about our practice. It is only when we are challenging ourselves and trying new practices that we also learn and grow.
Here is a link to Will Richardson's presentation.
This week's challenge is centered around building relationships with students and families. Anyone who has been on twitter the last month leading up to the school year has noticed many posts about the importance of building relationships with our students. They emphasize getting to know the students the #1st3days or provided questions to ask students to begin the school year.
Questions to think about this week:
How will you build on those relationships beyond the first three days? How well will you really know your students after the first week? Do you know their passions? Do you know their hopes and dreams? Will you make connections between their passions and your daily practice?
What will you do differently to reach out to parents and families? Will you call them to introduce yourself? Will you send an individualized e-mail to each parent? Will you send positive notes home? Are you excited to establish a positive relationship with parents in support of your students?
Remember....It's all about relationships first, before any learning will occur. Please share out some strategies you use for relationship-building below in the comments area.