It starts with relationships.
Our brains learn best in an atmosphere of care. 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 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 and happy relationships at home and at school.
I would be excited to support you in this process.