I signed up to take this class because I feel like building relationships is the most important part of my job. It’s a skill that I feel like I already have, but there are always great opportunities to learn new strategies and read new research on how to connect (especially during these Covid years). Thanks for providing classes that are relatable and realistic. I plan to take more classes from you in the future!
This class has better prepared me to build positive relationships by showing me the results of having those relationships. There is so much joy in it. Teachers and students love the classroom environment so much more when there is positivity spread around. I think sometimes it can be easy to fall into an academic mindset and push through academics, but this course has reminded me that it is important to take a step back from academics and get to know our students and let our students get to know us. This class taught me that you will still have hard days with your tough students even if you have a great relationship with them and that is okay. I know I can forget that and get caught in the moment, but I need to remember nothing is personal and tomorrow is a new day. I am excited to greet my students using their name every morning, reaching out to families weekly (scary but I am excited at the same time), and I am excited to be more aware of my vocabulary I choose and how I present it.