I have always believed that systems such as schools require relationships for them to work successfully. Even communities, countries and societies need the personal relationship piece: if this falls out, (such as when people do not feel connected to their community, society or country) clashes will occur.
In a school, those clashes might not be as violent as on a country or society scale (I’m thinking of a revolution), but everyone has an innate feeling of what is a successful school and what is an ineffective school.
So, this summer I came up with several (four, to be precise) goals or plans for the upcoming school year. Last post, I wrote about the unsuccessful “daily five”, which will continue as a plan this year. Now, I will let you know how the building relationships plan is going.
The relationships are not just my personal ones (I think I am pretty could at fostering positive relationships with my peers and with students), but how does a community or school develop the conditions required for positive relationships to develop? Having the right people in the right positions helps, but really, I have no control on that one.
My plan, then, is to create an environment (by supporting the staff and the students) where positive interactions can occur. Building community, builds relationships. My school has a lot of clubs, but many students do not hear about them or know they exist. My plan for this year is to bring together all the club leaders and find ways to promote, grow and expand the community within each club.
Luckily, this doesn’t require any work in the first week, just reconnaissance and finding out what clubs are running this year and who are the student and teacher leaders. By the end of next week, I plan to meet with the leaders to plan out the year and find ways to build our school’s culture.