Through the years, writing – the instruction of it – has been a love-hate relationship for me. I absolutely love, love, love journal writing. This is where I find out all of the little details about my students that make them unique and helps me build relationships with them. Strong relationships with students equals better classroom management which makes me a much happier teacher!
Finding out those little details like winning the big soccer game on the weekend or their beloved cat is sick gives me connections with my students. Sometimes they need a high 5 and other times they need a pat on the back. The smallest gestures can have some of the biggest payoffs.
It’s evolved through the year as I worked through the bugs. Overall, I really think it’s the support of the parents that makes all the difference.