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Teachers are People Too

Found in: building trust & community; handling disruptions

We all have those students in our rooms that make it their mission in life to disrupt the teaching and learning process. I believe they do this because they see us as teachers, not individuals. When the year begins, I identify them quickly and purposely seek them out for casual conversations. Mostly, this is at sporting events, lunchtime, in the hall and when I see them in the community. They begin to see me as an individual who is interested in their lives, not just a teacher. I rarely need to send students to the principal and the teaching and learning process can continue without interruption.


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