Relationships: Always More to Learn

I teach a class of fourth graders with a span of academic skills, developmental characteristics, and cultural and economic backgrounds. If I had to describe what makes such a diverse class work and learn together productively, I’d start with one word: Relationships.The relationships we form with each other are the foundation for a strong learning community. People who know and care about each other are more likely to listen to each other with respect, to support each other in taking the risks inherent in learning, and to show compassion when mistakes are made.
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