Every day I am thankful for the opportunity I have to work with all of you and to be inside classrooms across the district. This past week I was able to get into classrooms to see some fantastic learning taking place. One first-grader asked me if I liked to read and write sentences-a-day when I was her age. I replied, "Absolutely!" Other first-grade students shared with me their books they made about themselves using book creator and then how they were sharing it out to parents using the SeeSaw app. They worked through this process with ease and with excitement and were thrilled to share with me their stories when asked! When we stop and think about how much time we spend with all of our students, please take note on how we have such a meaningful, direct, and positive impact on their lives. Every little moment and connection matters. Every smile matters. Our students thrive on it.
This week, take a moment to think outside of your classroom and move into the hallways, cafeteria, playgrounds, bus duties, and extracurricular activities. How can you make a connection with a student who isn't in your own classroom? What can you do to find out a little more about their story? What can you do to put a smile on the face of every student you see? There is tremendous power in saying, "Hello, How are you?" to a student that you do not yet know. Try to get to know at least one new student this week.
Do you use your students' names frequently?
Do you greet students you don't know with a hello? Do you try to learn their names?
Are you at their after school events? Are you visible in the hallway during passing time?
Is your school a climate where everyone greets one another with smiles and hellos?