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.