Look to do the simple things.
When I try to think of things to include in this blog, I sometimes miss the little, spontaneous ways I connect with my students.
I believe it is still so important to hold hands with our children. When the students line-up, I try to rotate who is first. I don't specifically chose a line leader. So whoever is first in line, I hold their hand and teach them a little hand game. I gently squeeze their hand and ask them to pay attention to how my hand is 'talking' to their hand. One little squeeze or two little squeezes, wiggling all my fingers or just tapping with one finger, I say that their hand should 'answer' my hand back.
Without talking with voices, we are connecting in a special way.
Some days when my mind is elsewhere, the students give my hand a gentle squeeze AND a smile!
Or how the children teach me about how important those little things are, such as it seems when I am having a particularly stressful day, one little dear will give me a quick hug or even say "I like your.....uh, button." Without really knowing it, THEY are teaching me about enjoying those little things.
I like to share information with my families with little notes handwritten. I tell the children that I love to write moms and dads and love to get a note back from them too. The more I get excited, the children get excited so they don't worry when they see I have written a message on their papers or give them a note to go home in their school bag. I also try to make sure that I send notes about GOOD things so they don't think a note is bad news.
I also send messages through texting with a Remind app. (formerly Remind 101) I like how the parents can use the texting back option which was added a few years back. Though a 10:00 PM or even 2:30 AM text message, startles me with worrying what could be wrong!! Remind also has the option to set an "I am or I am NOT available time span."
I was contacted to share an informative poster. I'm new at this but it has a message that connects with me.
Hand-in-hand we grow!