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School relationships: An interview of fourth-graders

By ADAM KREISCHER • Sep 13, 2019 at 12:00 PM

It is always exciting as a staff to get a new group of fourth graders each year. We only get them for a year at League Elementary, so we are off to a fast start building connections and relationships.

Every teacher cares about providing knowledge to students. At League, we strive to also care about the relational aspect of teaching. Our teachers take time to establish trusting and caring relationships with our students. Those baseline relationships are what help students to be more willing learners. Like the saying goes, a child doesn’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

So, now that we know what the staff is thinking at the start of the school year, let’s find out what the students are thinking.

What were you most nervous about in starting this school year?

• Trying to make new friends

• Being in a new building

• How hard the classes would be

What was the best thing about coming back to school?

• Getting to see friends

• Catching up on math facts

• Meeting new teachers

• Learning

What was the worst thing about coming back to school?

• Summer was over

• Not being at home as much

• Not having the entire day to play outside

• Not being able to go to Cedar Point all the time

• Not being able to go to the public library as much

• Not being able to sleep in

What has been your favorite thing at school so far?

• The teachers are awesome and nice

• Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) class and driving the Sphero robots

• Science class experiments

• My teacher and all of her jokes

• Physical education is giving me a good workout and the teacher’s games are fun

What are you most looking forward to this school year?

• Being a good student and making my parents proud

• Completing goals and getting on honor roll

• Honor roll parties

• Being able to bring the principal, secretary, and teachers fresh eggs from my chickens

• Learning new things and getting smarter

• Playing on the fourth-grade basketball team

• Making new friends

As you can see, many of the student responses are based on relationship building as well. Deep, strong connections are what we are all looking for and certainly what is needed for children to thrive.

Local columnist Adam Kreischer is the League Elementary principal.

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