Unable to sleep or eat. Chewing at the fingernails. Hyperactive. Silent. Emotional. Just a few symptoms a student may have leading up to the first day at a new school, or even classroom. Let’s face it, that first day can be scary…and not just for the student, but the parents too.
But, as school leaders (be it admin, teachers, or parents), it is our job to ensure that once they step foot into our schools (and hopefully before because our reputation precedes us), that anxiety dissipates. Our schools should not ever feel scary or intimidating for any student, family…or staff member. To create a thriving learning environments, we need to create safe learning environments. Carrie Jackson and her Timberview MS team have done just that. She shared with us HERE on our ParentED program a few ways they not only create a warm and welcoming environment, but also what they have recently begun to do to create, build and strengthen relationships in AND between grade levels.