Tag, You’re It!

I hope that the statement above is not only understood by educators, but also lived and breathed by being put into practice. No matter what our roles, relationships come first… relationships with students, relationships with staff, relationships with parents, relationships with the community. So how do we focus on fostering these relationships?

Here is one super simple way that I create and build relationships with my students: About once a week, it’s my turn to go outside to supervise at recesses. As soon as my students see the little star on our visual schedule next to the recesses (that indicates that I’ll be outside supervising that day), they immediately get excited! They know that they get extra special fun time with Mme Annick! Supervising outside for me usually means getting a little out of breath, maybe even a little sweaty, and playing tag with my students, past, present and future. It’s seriously a blast for everyone and such a fun and easy way to create and grow those relationships.

What are some simple ways that you foster relationships in your school?


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Annick, LOVE THIS! ❤
    You’re SO right! Relationship building begins when we engage WITH others. We have to be willing to dive in and swim alongside them. It reminds me a lot of empathy–feeling with someone over feeling for them.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  2. glawlor130 says:

    Love your post! Relationships are the cornerstone of the school community. Everyone needs to feel welcome and have a sense of belonging. It starts with a smile and a cheerful greeting, its just that easy.


  3. Love this! Relationships are so important and I’m sure your students love seeing you at recess!


  4. buistbunch says:

    Reblogged this on The Buist Babble and commented:
    What are all the ways you build relationships with students, colleagues, parents, the community? #IMMOOC


  5. Wendy Bailey says:

    Agreed. Relationships are everything, especially when you are working to change a campus culture. I build telationships by looking my student in the eyes and saying “Good morning.” or “Good afternoon.” And asking those that I have already built deeper connections with, “How’s it going?” or “Tell me the best thing about today.” This shows them that I care about them as an individual. I also like to schedule time in my calendar to hit different lunch times to eat with students… even the big bad 5th graders who, at first, clammed up when I sat down at their tables, and now, 6 month later I can’t keep them from talking over each other to tell me something! Amazingly, by doing this, I have not only built relationships with my students, but indirectly I have built relationships with my teachers as well. They know I have a zillion things to do in a day and spending time in the cafeteria would seem like the last place I’d be. My teachers see that I take time for what’s important… relationships, and because of this, the paradigm has begun to shift. Great blog…. thanks for putting your thoughts out there!


  6. I think that spending time with kids is super important. Sometimes I eat with them at lunch just to hear about their weekend, things that they are interested in or stories about home. You can learn a lot of children if you spend some time outside of the classroom.


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