Thursday, March 3, 2016

Slice of Life Day 3: Getting to know our Students

I am an academic support specialist for an elementary school. I work with all grade levels, and sometimes I forget to develop relationships with my students. I think this happens to me because I am busy, in and out of classrooms. It is not until January that I work with a steady group of students. Is this a bad thing? I hope not. I do make it a point every year to slow down a bit and foster relationships with those students I see consistently.  Today, for example a student I've been working with asked a question that I could not answer very honestly. So, I decided to spend some extra time with her to address the question. It seemed, she was being bullied, and she knew it.  Was it her cry for help? I don't know. But I took the time to speak to her and discuss the issue in depth. I know she felt better just by voicing her concerns. And, I was glad I took time to listen. The counselor will be involved in this matter.

We all have busy days and schedules to keep. Let's take a moment and listen to our students, even if it means staying after-school, or meeting during conference time. I know I will be doing this more.

1 comment:

  1. You're definitely making the kiddos a priority, and they will be able to tell, even if you don't see them regularly. Kids have special radar that tells them who is approachable. Glad you had time to listen!