We all know that building relationships with students is a powerful (and essential) preventive strategy. We all know it’s important but actually doing it is another thing. How do we build relationships? What specific steps can we put in place? In a few weeks I’ll be running a live webinar on this very topic but for now here’s a simple tip…
The more you let them into your life, the more they will let you into theirs.
Regular circle time activities, for example, are a great way to build relationships and class community by sharing personal information, thoughts and feelings.
You can use them anytime through the day:
- To solve behaviour issues (problems outside school, problems on the playground etc.)
- To discuss ideas (class projects, field trips etc)
- For fun (quizzes, telling jokes, team-building activities etc.)
- To start the day (check in and ask how their evening was etc.)
- To debrief the day (share something good that happened today, something they’re proud of etc.)
- To share information (favourite films, hobbies, photographs etc.)
I’ll leave you with the final idea there – sharing information and photographs. I’ve put a photo on the blog taken at our band rehearsal last week. If you are interested, and happen to be close by, we will be playing Ireby Festival this year on 27th May (along with none other than Elkie Brooks!). Fame at last. 🙂
Hope you have a great weekend,