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Building Relationships

July 21, 2010

Ever since my first year of teaching, I have written each of my students a note for Thanksgiving telling them why I am thankful to have him or her as my student (some notes are harder to write than others). When I hand them out, students usually have trouble believing someone would take the time to write so many notes by hand.

What I don’t tell them is that many of the notes are written for me — it changes my attitude toward a kid if I’m having to think of things to be thankful about as opposed to complaining about. It helps me build relationships with the students because I took the time to focus on that student individually.

I’ve occasionally felt I should be doing more of this type of thing–especially since I am always getting new students. I really like what Grace has done, and I’m thinking S and I can do this sort of thing on a regular basis.

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