We had a lot of conversations at the beginning of the year about the importance of relationships, especially in our school community. I’ve been having a lot more of these conversations recently, both here at AC and on my visit to Indonesia, and then I came across a fantastic blog post this week…I’m not sure I could’ve stressed the importance of relationships any more than Joe Robinson, a Middle School teacher in Alaska. Here are a few highlights of the blog post and then a link to the actual post, go have a look, it’s outstanding!
“While most educators would acknowledge the importance of relationships, I think there is often a lack of understanding as to the power relationship creates.”
“As a teacher, the environment you create for students within your classroom is the single greatest tool you have for engagement, empowerment, and growth.”
“It is imperative that teachers leverage this truth and use it to create environments that students WANT to be in.”
“The teacher who still views their role as “delivering content” because they are the “professional educator” is in danger of fracturing relationships with students that cannot afford to be fractured.”
“At the end of the day, students don’t learn from teachers they don’t like.”
Go read this post…it’s wonderful!!!