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Volume 12 | Issue 13 | March 9, 2017
"Relationships are the 13-letter F-word in education," says student voice advocate Russell Quaglia. He argues that education policies don't do enough to elevate human connections, even though educators on the ground know this work is central. In this issue, we revisit our popular "Relationships First" theme with even more strategies and success stories from educators living the adage, "They don't care what you know until they know that you care."
Tracy R. Taylor
When principals have to play the "bad guy" role, the respect and authority of the classroom teacher is undermined, this principal argues. Instead, she follows four tips for turning discipline referrals into opportunities to connect.
Certain life experiences shape our perception of ourselves as learners. Getting students to reflect on a time when they felt really smart or totally immersed in learning can help teachers design experiences that replicate those moments and forge connections in the classroom.
Jonté C. Taylor
Successful stand-up comedians are responsive to their audiences. Likewise, good teachers know their students and are able to draw on those relationships to improvise and adapt their teaching in the moment. This short video presentation illustrates the link between teaching and stand-up.
Specific, positive feedback can not only influence student achievement, but it can also lay the groundwork for good relationships. Follow these tips for using Class Dojo to be consistent and strategic about feedback.
What makes students want to change their behavior? Behavior management plans provide a five-step process for analyzing problematic behavior and working with students to design and apply interventions.
Violeta Katsikis , Scott Goldthorp , Farrah Mahan , and Michelle Smith
A district amplifies student recognition and voice through reward programs, social media campaigns, schoolwide PD, leadership practices, and student-led town hall meetings.
In a struggling school where students and staff are operating in survival mode, a new leadership team makes addressing school climate and culture the top priority. Cultivating teacher trust, community partnerships, and a new approach to behavior and discipline give the school a fresh start.
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