I am a huge believer that fostering connections with students is one of the most effective ways to help them develop academically, behaviorally, and emotionally. There are many ways to create this relationship in and out of the classroom. I can tell them, til I am blue in the face, how much a like and appreciate them. Sometimes they need to be shown. One of the best ways to do this outside of the classroom is through extra-curricular activities. I ask my chickadees to bring me a schedule and do my best to see them in action. I have been to
It is so fun to see them outside of the classroom and they are thrilled that I came to see their activities. (although hiding and suddenly turning shy may be how the evidence this:-)
Any other thoughts...what do you all do to foster positive teacher/student relationships? Inside and/or outside your classroom?