Building trust within your classroom is never easy, but essential. Educator Zaretta Hammond brilliantly sums up trust: "The analogy that comes to mind is when we are going to have surgery.  Before you get anywhere near the operating table, the surgeon knows you are nervous so he shows care and compassion on an emotional level.  You begin to relax and begin to trust him." 

Click through the slides below for concrete pathways to build trust and our recommended three routines to start off the year. The routines combined with Brain Breaks and Emoji Emotion check-ins are opportunities for showing care and respect. 

Silent Graffiti discourse routine

Sort Connect Reflect note-taking routine

Reporter discourse routine