School Administrator's Clip File • November 18, 2020
Address the unique needs of families
When educators consider the unique needs of families, they are more successful in creating meaningful relationships that support student learning. Ask yourself:
- Do we recognize varied family units? In some households, “parent” might mean aunt, uncle, grandparent, or other relative or family friend. When schools know who the caretakers are, they can better understand how to engage them.
- Do we have procedures for working with split families? It’s important to have a process that is equitable and that specifies things like whom to contact first.
- Are we addressing pandemic challenges? Show families you care by asking, “What can we do to help out?” and by connecting them with community resources.
Keep your student moving!
Studies show that students who are more active throughout the school day can focus better, process information faster and retain information longer. Encourage teachers to integrate movement in their classes, whether their students are in person or online:
- Set aside five minutes at the start of each class with some movement. Have students do jumping jacks, push up or run in place.
- Incorporate movement in learning activities, when possible.
- Schedule regular breaks. After long periods of intense work, ask students to stretch, touch their toes or do other simple exercises.
Did you know?
November is Picture Book Month. Ask staff, students and their families to share the titles of their favorite picture books. Compile a list and share it with your school community.