John Harold said, ‘Without trust, words become the hollow sound of a wooden gong. With trust, words become life itself.’
When we make the relationships in our classrooms a priority, learning becomes fluid, like a river meandering through a valley. ‘It just happens.’
The relationships between the students, teachers and families are the key to having a successful school experience for all, with trust as the key ingredient.
If we want our students to experience the values of ‘real’ life whilst learning, then trust must be factored into the equation.
Here are some examples of how we can build trust with our youngest citizens:
♦ Let every student know we value them.
♦ Let every learner know we want them to succeed.
♦ Greet students warmly each day, which sets a personal, caring tone.
♦ Get to know students, and help them get to know each other.
♦ Choose your language and the focus of your remarks carefully.
♦ Model empathy.
♦ Create class traditions.
♦ Tell personal stories.
‘If a child isn’t ready to learn, show them you care, they’ll soon be ready!’
More advice like this can be found in my née book here – https://www.thepotentialchild.com
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