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Teachers do not always have positive feelings toward every child. How do you build relationships with children who may be more difficult to connect with?

Feb 24, 2014 2:08pm

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    • Mar 6, 2014 9:22am

      Kayla-

      On my team, we used to have something called "silent mentoring." When there were students who we felt we couldn't connect with, we become a silent mentor. The goal was to have some individualized interaction with that student every day. It may have been commenting on a new shirt, asking about their morning or soccer practice, etc... we found that by taking the time to connect, the student warmed up and valued that relationship. Kids really need to know that positive adult role models care about them, so force yourself to do just that and you'll be amazed by the results.

      Best,
      Katie
      www.katienovakudl.com