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Building Relationships

As a teacher, I truly believe that building relationships is the key to creating a community of learners. Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like. Kids don’t learn from people they don’t trust. (Click here for a personal tale.) They learn from someone who cares about them. They learn from someone who takes time to learn about them. Something I know to be true about kids is that they know when people are being genuine and when people are being fake. One way I take time to learn about my students is to take time for morning meeting every…

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Teacher to Teacher: Be a Fountain, Not a Drain

I’ve spent the last few weeks reflecting on what makes a good teammate. Am I a good teammate? What am I doing well? What could I do better?  While doing this self-reflection, that I believe all educators should do, I came across a quote that really resonated with me. Be a fountain, not a drain. Immediately I began to think back, was I a fountain or a drain? I went to my teacher BFF and asked. We both agreed that for the most part, we are fountains; yet, sometimes we end up being drains. It is important to know that…

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