Follow me in to battle.
Last week, I wrote about the importance of strong behaviour systems in a school. Without them, it is very difficult for teachers to form strong relationships with their classes.
And whilst I firmly stand by the idea that systems give teachers more- not less – autonomy, I wouldn’t want teachers to abandon the pursuit of strong relationships altogether. In fact, I would argue that teachers must work hard to make the most of their newfound freedom. Without the burden of challenging behaviour, teachers are now free to work on relationship building. But where does one begin with such a task?
At Michaela we talk a lot about getting the kids to ‘follow you in to battle’. A dramatic metaphor, yes, but it is a helpful way of looking at your class. Is every kid ‘with’ you? Are they all behind you? Will they follow…
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