Together Growing in Friendship
Teacher Spotlight--Keirsten and Wes
"Our Scavenger Hunt will span 2 Advisory periods. During the first one, students from my class will be scouring the building, creating questions about Eagle View (and also answering them), for Mr. Beard's class to answer during our next Advisory. His class will be doing the same - creating questions about Eagle View for my class to answer the next time. For example, "How many Exit signs are located in the ceiling of the 2nd floor of Eagle View?" Another question might be, "What color is the candy dish located on Mrs. Whittaker's desk in the office?" Finally, "How many separate windows are there in the cafeteria?" After the first Advisory period, Mr. Beard and I will take the questions our classes came up with, make sure they are fair and answerable, type them up, and then present the Scavenger Hunt to the other class. (My class will answer his questions, his class will answer mine.) First one to finish wins!"
TGIF Team Building
One Seventh Grader's Ideas
6 Ways to Build Rapport With Your Students
(adapted from https://www.teachertoolkit.co.uk/2017/10/03/6rapport/)
*1. Ask them questions
Getting to know your pupils is key. If you take the time to talk to them, you will be able to build a better understanding of who they are and what their goals are.
*2. Watch them
Maybe a little creepy, but observing your pupils subtly is fascinating.
- How do they interact with others?
- What is their reaction to a lack of challenge or to something they find tricky?
- What motivates them?
Use your observations to inform the type of relationship you build with them.
*3. Tell them about yourself
The pupils need to see that you are a real human, with hobbies and family and pets and mistakes, just like them.
*4. Exert the 3F’s: fair, firm and most of all – fun
Be fair, make sure there is fun, but be firm if attitudes are not as they ought to be.
Let them know you are here to support their learning. Being truly available to them will let them know they are able to rely on you.
*6. Keep it real, man
There is always that one pupil that you feel you might ‘lose’ if you are honest with them, but kids are humans. They have instincts and opinions, and they form first impressions – just like the rest of us do! Once you are honest with them, together, you can find ways to make improvements.
Whichever ways you choose to build rapport, it will be you that reaps the benefits too. In the long run, they will become adults who remember you and the connection you formed with them, passing on positive views of school-life to their children too. Win, win!