“Your connection with a child is the most powerful tool you have as a teacher”- Kaiser and Rasminsky, 2012

The beginning of the year can sometimes feel very hectic but it is a good time to remember the importance of building one thing: Relationships. Forming relationships with your students and their families becomes crucial, especially these first few months.

Here are some ideas:

  • Classroom environment –
    • Ask parents to share about their family and share pictures with the classroom.
    • Add multicultural props to Dramatic Play Center – i.e. molcajete, taco shells, saris dress, chopsticks, etc.
    • Create classroom art projects
  • One-on-one time –
    • Take some time to spend individually with each student
    • Write down what their interest and likes are
    • Greet each student as they walk into your classroom
    • Notice how they are feeling and acknowledge their emotions