Creating Classroom Connections from Day 1

A talk by Joshua Simpson
Physical Education Teacher, Pearcedale Primary School

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"The relationship between student and teacher plays a large role in the trajectory of a child’s academic success and social development. Establishing a positive relationship with their teacher helps a student feel more comfortable and safe in their classroom environments."

This session aims to provide teachers (both classroom and specialist) with fun & engaging ideas, games and strategies that you can implement into your classroom in order to build positive connections from Day 1.

From participating in this session, you will be introduced to a number of strategies that you can use to establish and maintain connections with your students from the moment they enter your teaching area. The session aims to give a first-hand look at how I have developed connections, the games I use and the rationale behind this. You will gain access to fresh ideas, resources and an App that outlines all of the games discussed that you'll be able to save onto your phone and take with you on Day 1.

The session is designed off the back of a successful blog post that featured as an ACHPER Victoria 'Tip of the Week' in 2019, which can be found at