It's All About Relationships
There was an interesting piece in ASCD SmartBrief last week that told the story of teachers who are making it a priority to get out and meet students and their families before school starts. As we know and have read before in countless research articles, it's all about relationships.
"Success in schools is all about developing relationships with families," says Tamarack Elementary School teacher Allison Coomes. "Students won't be successful in class unless they have a relationship with their teacher, and that family has a relationship with their school."
The semantics may change, but it's about developing relationships, connectedness, and a sense of belonging and caring between student and teacher, school and community.