I think you're right that often teachers lose track of the fact that having a good looking classroom isn't what will connect teachers and students. It is taking the time to connect with families and students that will be the most impactful and lasting. My school has helped to enforce the priorty of connecting with parents by having our Back to School Night the second day if school also! This removes the stress that teachers feel in having a perfect classroom for parents to visit, since the walls should display student work! I hope to hear more about your school site and your experiences teaching studnets that other teachers might shy away from.
I completely agree with you. Thanks for sharing what your school is doing with others. It really helps when we all collaborate together!
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