Connecting with students in any way you can is so important. Here Amy from 3 Teachers Talk discusses how she uses post-its. I used to do something very similar when I taught upper elementary school.
A burning question I seem to repeat year after year is “How do I talk to more of my students one-on-one beginning on the first day of school?”
I know the value of making eye contact with the adolescents who enter my room. I know the importance of making them feel like they belong here — like they are in a place where they can be themselves, a place where they want to learn.
I confer regularly with my students — about their reading lives and their writing lives — but every year it seems to take me a while to get in the groove. You know, get all the procedures introduced and underway, get students interested in books (and sometimes reading itself), learn names, set up our writer’s notebooks and our blogs and all the different bits of technology we use regularly like Google Classroom and Twitter.
I know all…
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