As I think about the past year and years of teaching, I am thinking about the learning opportunities that led to that positivity, and the teaching events that didn't lead to good attitudes, collaboration, and learning.
Of course, to begin with it's the relationship--letting students and their families know that you care about who they are and what they do. Making time to build that positive learning community.
Next, it's the program. Creating a strong loose-tight program that results in meaningful learning--
- learning to learn
- learning knowledge, concept, and skill
- learning that every individual is valuable and capable, capable of learning anything they put their mind to.
After that it's the careful, sensitive, and responsive coaching. Making the time to help each child move forward. This requires collaboration of teacher/student, parent/teacher, teacher/teacher, teacher/leader. We have to work together with sensitivity to one another to support each and every child's progress.
Then it's the details including quality resources, learning/teaching spaces, playgrounds, signage, professional learning, and more.
Finally it's the daily, weekly, and yearly patterns that support the good work possible, the systems that ensure that we do what's possible to teach and learn well.