Building Relationships

At the beginning of the year you need to establish great relationships with your co-workers, parents, and the students. How do you do this?!

I work closely with our speech pathologist, social worker, physical therapist, and occupational therapist. All of these people are in and out of my room on a regular basis. Sometimes they are working one on one with a student, sometimes they are doing small group or whole group. Make sure you establish a schedule with them to know when and what they plan on doing. Also, make sure to keep notes that you may want to share with your team. We share important information about students with them at child study weekly. Find a time to share this information regularly. 
At the beginning of the year we have an Open House where I go over all of the classroom expectations and curriculum. If a parent cannot come in I either do a phone open house or try to have them come in at another time.  
Communicate with them about their child via e-mail, phone, and/ or behavior calendar regularly. If the child has a bad day I always try to find something positive that happened that day and within the next day or two try to also send something only positive. Also, be honest with your parents about your child, but make sure to be tactful!
Find out their interests! Find out about their family members and pets. Make sure to give them positive encouragement even when they are frustrating you! I usually try to remind them of how they made a great choice when... to remind them that they can do it! Listen to their stories and have fun with them! Get to know your students and what works and what doesn't.
What tips do you have for building relationships?!

1 comment

  1. I love that you touched on building a relationship with your peers. Being sped teachers, we work with A LOT of people in and out of the school and community! It is vital to our teaching and our student's success to build a positive rapport with these people.

    Thanks so much for linking up!


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