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ERIC Number: EJ1112139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
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Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Tokens of Connection
Crowley, Theresa
Educational Leadership, v74 n1 Sep 2016
When teachers make the effort to build a solid relationship with each student, built on trust, they often engender a life-long connection, one that's life-changing for the student. But how can teachers grow such long-lasting relationships with all students, especially disenfranchised learners and those who make it hard to connect? Crowley, a veteran 1st grade teacher, describes steps she and her co-teacher take to build relationships with each child, starting with telling students on day one, "Your long-term success in life is our goal." Other strategies she shares include talking sensitively with students about their academic challenges and any serious problems you know are happening at home; forging a plan with the student to solve such problems; making each student an "expert" on something in the classroom; tackling attendance problems; holding class meetings; and arranging one-on-one time with various students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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