"Do not think that because a child cannot read a text, he cannot read you. Children can tell right off those people who believe in them and those who patronize them. They can tell once they come into the room" (Ritchhart, 2015, p. 202).
Mrs. Knowles went on to challenge us to think about our most challenging student, and over the course of the next week, spend 2 minutes daily talking and getting to know that student. I'd like to pass that challenge on to you. Think of one (or more) student(s) and spend two minutes each day being present in their life and getting to know who they are. Then, share this experience at your next building meeting and discuss how behavior, attitudes, and actions changed. John Hattie's work emphasizes that expectations and relationships are powerful influential factors in a child's academic achievement and growth.
Thank you for continuing to "show up" each day for our students and your continued work in doing what's best for the kids we serve!
Happy Friday, and Go Trojans!