I live with a first grader. Here were her two big concerns prior to the first day of school:
One. Will my teacher be nice?
Two. Will I have any friends?
I think we could ask any student, in any grade, in any school what their top two concerns are prior to starting a new school year and we would get similar versions to these questions. It may go something like, Will I have a lot of homework? or Will I have lunch with my bff? But the sentiment is there — will my teacher respect me and will I be part of a community of friends.
As we’re making our initial plans, let’s look for ways we can answer these two questions for our students.
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