'Talk to Me' Tuesdays Builds Relationships

Building Relationships with Hopewell Junior's "Talk to Me' Tuesdays
Posted on 11/18/2019
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collage to teacher speaking one on one with students“What I love about this school is that everyone is on board that building relationships is the centerpiece of education,” said Hopewell Junior math teacher Kyle Schlensker. “It’s a goal that falls outside of curriculum and standards, but it’s key to our students’ success.” 

For the first two days of the school year, instead of opening books, Lakota teachers focus on building relationships with students and setting a strong foundation for the year ahead. ‘Talk to Me Tuesdays’ began at Hopewell Junior last year to continue to cultivate those relationships.

‘Talk to Me Tuesdays’ is a building-wide initiative that every teacher participates in during advisory period every Tuesday. Each week, teachers have one-on-one personal conversations with a handful of students. 

“It’s a time when we can check in with students and talk about how everything is going – academics, home life, after school programs, etc.,” said Schlensker, who enjoys spending this one-on-one time with his seventh-graders. Some of his recent conversations with students included talking about balancing school work and sports, reducing stress about homework, and handling relationships with peers and parents. “Sometimes it's hard to get to know students who aren’t as outgoing in class; this gives us the opportunity to let all of our students know that someone is here for them, that someone is in their corner.”

Students also appreciate having the chance to sit down and check in with their teacher. Seventh-grader Morgan Dmuwah said “Mr. Schlensker gives us tips when we check in with him, and it helps to keep our grades up too.” Grace Wang added that it is “nice to know that there is someone you can talk to.”