It starts with relationships.
Our brains learn best in an atmosphere of care, which is essential to building healthy relationships. Care is the willingness and ability to provide feelings of being seen, heard, and understood: emotional safety. When we have emotional, and physical safety, we have better ability to trust, learn, and respond appropriately to life challenges. Here’s my story of building a classroom community:
At age 24, directly after college, before I knew anything brain development, I was given the responsibility of teaching 31 1st Graders. I was passionate and motivated to create a consistent, predictable, and safe environment for my students. With great intention and effort, I created, A Caring Classroom Community. It was an uphill climb, yet, in time, my focus on social-emotional skills and relationships began to take root. Students were able to make leaps in learning, take risks with each other, and seek others to solve problems. The care, connection, and responsiveness over time built trust. Learning was happening!
All of us desire healthy relationships. Children deserve healthy relationships at home and school.
For over 20 years, I have been working with children and families in education and therapeutic environments. My passion project is the early childhood developmental years, brain development, and fostering secure attachment. I have extensive training and experience working with children, parents, and teachers to heal relationships within systems.