Relationships Matter at GEMS

Target 2 – Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning.

Action Step – Ensure students and staff take an active role shaping their learning using rich, authentic questions, problems they identify, & diverse resources.

Indicator of Success – Teachers embrace role of coach, facilitator and co-learner in a student-centered learning environment.

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For teachers, nothing is more important at the beginning of the school year than getting to know all of the students in a classroom. This “knowing” goes beyond cursory understanding. Positive relationships built with students from the start have a tremendous impact on the entire school year. In order to successfully differentiate, personalize, and instruct students for deeper understanding, every teacher must begin by forging strong connections in the classroom.

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Research states that if this connection occurs, student understanding and teacher instruction become more attainable and valued by everyone involved. Strong teacher-student relationships are not just significant at the start – they must be maintained throughout the school year to ensure continued student learning and growth.

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At Georgia Elementary School, teachers are implementing a variety of activities to embed academics while also fostering relationships. Learning about one another, sharing goals, and classroom activities fill all learning environments throughout the school.

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Time invested in student relationships early on in the year is well spent and promises great outcomes as the year unfolds.

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