The conversation IS the relationship.
As Michael Fullan, renowned authority on educational reform, writes, "The single factor common to successful change [in schools] is that relationships improve. If relationships improve, schools get better. If relationships remain the same or get worse, ground is lost."
As a teacher, each conversation with your students provides an opportunity to create relationships that engage them with you, with each other and with the topic for the day, building huge amounts of emotional capital, the most valuable currency any of us has. During a passionate classroom debate in which feelings run high, each student is heard equally, feels seen and known, and the relationships among you and the students are stronger. Your students have discovered they can disagree without being disagreeable. They trust more, learn more effectively and have fewer discipline issues. In your classroom, they've learned how to create meaningful, authentic relationships, one conversation at a time. These are the kinds of relationships they need to thrive in their current classrooms, in colleges tomorrow, and their careers and lives beyond.
This bundle includes three introductory activities to Fierce Conversations, as well as three activities that take roughly 20 minutes each to complete. In Idea 2, students will identify the role of conversations in their life and understand the importance of building healthy relationships.