Building Student Relationships

for Calm and Health Teachers

Dear Calm and Health Teachers

Here are some resources to assist you. Take what you like and leave the rest.

Celebrate Each Other

  1. Provide each student with a colorful envelope and a blank piece of paper inside.
  2. Ask your students to write their name on the envelope.
  3. Instruct your students to pass their envelope to the person on their right or behind them.
  4. Ask your students to read the name on the envelope and to think of a strength and or positive message that you can say to this person.
  5. Encourage students to write this strength and or positive message on the piece of paper.
  6. Students continue to pass the envelopes around the class and to record the strengths of their peers.
  7. The process is complete when all envelopes have been returned to their owner.

Have fun and include yourself in this process

Help Students Get to Know You -- Get Personal!

Make a fun introduction.

The more you share yourself with your students, the more connected to you they will feel -- and the more safe sharing things about themselves. Here are some starter ideas:

  • Making a personal "About Me" Smore Newsletter is a fun way to introduce yourself to your students (in fact, this is how new employees at Smore introduce ourselves to our new colleagues!) Include some childhood photos, or funny Halloween photos. Share your hobbies, favorite songs, favorite recipes.
  • Make a Bitmoji Classroom -- this helps students envision what a classroom with you might look like. Include some favorite book titles, stuffed animals, other personal touches that you can point out to your students to give them an idea of who you are.
  • Make a funny "Getting to know you" teacher Kahoot.

Share a video of your favorite song when you were their age

Grease-Grease is the Word

Look for ways to connect personally with each student and to build program around them.

Does Your Classroom Have Both "Windows & Mirrors"?

Make sure that your curriculum, projects and assessments, selection of independent reading, posters, even your bitmoji classroom offer students a reflection of who they are (mirrors) and people who are different from them (windows).