Hello and welcome to MySelf Builder. With the new school year underway, we're highlighting some ways to develop successful relationships with peers, teachers and staff.
1.) Greet others regularly: Speaking to people is one of the best ways to begin to develop a positive connection with the people who are around you. Saying "hello" to the front office staff, custodians, cafeteria employees, and other employees in your school each day is a great way to stand out and build your character. Others will appreciate your manners and this could lead to other special opportunities and recognitions. If you do not like to talk much, you may choose to wave or nod and smile.
2.) Listen to details: Have you heard someone mention something that they're excited about or looking forward to, such as a birthday or work anniversary? Recognizing people on special days is another great way to create good relationships. Five years later, I can still remember a student who was so excited that their teacher's birthday was coming up that they designed a card, asked others to sign it and organized a nice surprise.
3.) Compliments are a great way to make others feel good about themselves and react positively towards you. One activity that I've used with different student groups I've worked with is called a Compliment Toss. It requires students to say something positive about the person they're going to toss a ball towards and continues until everyone has a turn. This is a good way to start the day and help develop a positive learning community.
4.) And finally, find common interests: Media such as shows, music, YouTube videos and sports are examples of subjects that lead to good conversations. Even if you don't agree on everything, discussions on topics that you're interested in or passionate about creates opportunities to exchange ideas and form friendships.
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