Over break I finished, “Innovator’s Mindset,” by George Couros. There were a few notes that really stuck with me. One was the myth that if you are good enough, you will earn student compliance. Well, I’m never good enough then. I don’t know how others do it, but I know that, so I work on building a relationship of trust so that they don’t want to let themselves down or let myself down. Does this work 100% of the time? No, but it sure has a better chance that believing they will just comply. Think about that, I am a rule follower, but I’d rather do something because I know it impacts me and those I have relationships with. Is that any different for our students? I don’t think so. In my opinion, those relationships need to be built before any other learning happens and then they need to be continually developed all year long. Be intentionally and sincere and students will know you care and are vested in their learning. Maybe it is just the crew I work with, but it is worth the time. Lower my expectations, no, but spend time developing this while I set up classroom management at the beginning of the year pays off. Clearly it needs to be revisited as often as needed, but it well worth the time.