Teachers intentionally get to know each student on a personal level and find the “spark” in every student. Teachers integrate routines and activities that build a connection with students as individuals. For some students, teachers recognize that it takes additional time to connect. Honoring a student differs from “getting to know” students. Honoring recognizes that student experiences and feelings may be very different than a teacher’s experience, and the teacher chooses language that identifies student strengths.
Bruce Guadalupe Community School recognizes the importance of honoring students and understands how students and teachers can build relationships because they form a positive connection with common interests. Teachers are aware of student interests outside of school and talk with students about their interests. Teachers show interest in their students by attending students’ events when possible.