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4 Ways to Start Connecting With Students in the First Week Back

Prioritizing relationships in the very first week of school can help teachers and students build the foundation for a classroom community that will last the whole year through.

August 11, 2023

Most educators and students are navigating a rush of emotions during back-to-school time. But when teachers use evidence-backed strategies to start building relationships with intention right out of the gate, students start the new year with higher confidence, more self-awareness, and a stronger sense of belonging. 

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