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This Professional Development is designed to move instructors through a reflective process using texts and literacy skills to inspire them to build relationships with students in order to make a greater academic impact. Though it is not embedded in the presentation, I recommend prefacing it with effectiveness data to set a purpose. It will prove effective as is or preceded by data.
The PD begins with teachers doing a quickwrite on the significance of relationships in their classrooms.
Teachers then engage in a Relationship Building "Secret Envelope" where they pull a question and have a structured conversation regarding the benefits, impact, challenges, and individual nature of relationships in the classroom. (The contents are present, but envelopes would have to be assembled.)
Teachers then read and annotate a text that provides a scenario where student and teacher have conflicting visions of success and it is clear that relationship and deeper understanding would have made a difference in the outcome.
Teachers then think, pair share, complete a double entry journal, and share again regarding this text. (This models positive classroom practice, close reading, annotation, and academic discourse).
Next, teachers watch a video encouraging every teacher to be a child's "champion".
Finally, teachers reflect on ways of making greater impact through relationships. The final action step is to identify 10 students with whom a relationship may not be organic, and document positive strides toward building relationships.