Work on building a community of learners every single day. Build your foundation because without it – nothing else matters. Engage your students in what kindness looks like and feels like – have them do kindness. I used to love to read The Araboolies of Liberty Street by Sam Swope in the beginning of each school year. I’d ask my students what made them unique and like no other – just like the Araboolies?
In today’s data-driven, standards-based era – don’t overlook the importance of building a community in your classroom. Carve out time each day to let your students know how much they matter and how much you care!