Great Compliment

I was on the phone with a parent yesterday. At the end of our conversation, she told me that she was really pleased with the experience that her son was having at our school. She said, “You guys have a good thing going over there.” I asked her to be more specific…not because I wanted her to say more nice things (maybe I did)…but because I wanted the feedback about what was working for her child. She said, “You have teachers that care about kids and establish great relationships with them.” Wow…that is the greatest compliment ever! She went on to say that her son seeks extra help from his teachers and they are available and always willing to help.

To me, that is what it is all about….making connections and forming positive relationships with kids. Our teachers certainly go Above and Beyond. I think this is what George is talking about in his post.

We are doing great work in our schools. At our district-wide PD (#ecsdtransform), many examples of 21C learning were presented. In all of the examples, teachers had formed connections and created positive learning relationships with their students. Teaching is a hard job and it keeps getting more difficult. Let’s all try to remember why we do it…for the kids! Ten years from now, our students aren’t going to remember the awesome Math lesson but they will remember the relationships that they had with great teachers.

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About Derek Hatch (Hatcherelli)
Assistant Principal and Technology Leader in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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