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As educators, we’re in the age of apps, social media, email, text alerts, Skype, email, online polls and other valuable tech tools we’re utilizing each day to make our schools better – most of these I find on Connected Educator blogs and my Twitter PLN. However, the more we rely on these tools, the greater the risk we as leaders take in swaying our communications away from the face to face interactions with eye contact, tone, empathy and body language that supports relationship-building amongst students, staff and families.
I am a technology geek. I love testing out the latest tools to see how it might positively impact my learning community at Knapp Elementary, but I must continue to maintain my “home button,” meaning the face to face interactions each day. By taking the time and investing in face to face conversations by default instead of sending an email or including it in a newsletter, strong leadership and relational trust can be built on a solid foundation.
Remember, what we do and how we do it is always being soaked up by our students, teachers and families. It’s our job to role model the very best ways to communicate effectively in mentoring young citizens. Make an investment this year. get back to basics. Be explicit on how you intend to do it.