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Taylor Meredith

Moving from a classroom teacher to a building-based role has been filled with mountains and valleys. One of the most difficult realizations was that I didn't have a community of [student] learners to grow and explore with. I am grateful for colleagues who have generously shared their classes, invited me in and allowed me to participate in the learning. When the school year started, I would walk through the halls and feel a bit lonely and out of place and now, through learning, I have connected with students in each grade level. However, to continue building these relationships I found myself commenting on student's shoes, the sports team on their t-shirt, asking about their weekend or what they had for breakfast when I saw them outside of the classroom. Then I re-read an article on Cup of Jo (one of my guilty pleasures) about how to talk to girls. She refers to an article by Lisa Bloom and it makes so much sense. I was embarrassed about the way I was talking to students I would pass in the hallway. I began to ask students what they were reading, what they were practicing in math and something that was making them work hard. The conversations were drastically different - they were interesting, memorable and funny. They were real conversations rather than empty comments. Such a small thing has made such a big difference. I can't wait to try it again!

 

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