Building Meaningful Relationships

Building Meaningful Relationships

By: Julia, K-3 Literacy Interventionist

Reeths-Puffer Schools

One of my students excitedly met me at the door to her classroom. She handed me her red “Read at Home” folder, and I opened it to see if she had done any reading. Inside was a hand-drawn picture of a scarecrow, a haunted house, stars, butterflies, and a bird. I asked my student if she had put this in her folder because she wanted to color during free time at school. She said it was for me. I pulled out the picture, and noticed five letters in the corner: “tehcr.”

MEC is not just about reading. It is about enabling young learners to build meaningful, supportive relationships with adults at school. When students feel safe with their tutors, there is no limit to what they can achieve. Receiving this drawing reminded me that, although our ultimate goal is to promote students’ reading skills and academic success, perhaps what is even more important is building connections with the students we serve.

History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.? – Nelson Mandela