The JK–2 classroom is where that vital student-teacher relationship begins, therefore teachers must actively work to build a relationship with each student by being nurturing, patient, and understanding, while promoting a safe classroom environment. Younger boys respond best to St. Christopher’s School consistency and routine; they need to know what’s coming next and to feel included. School should be a place where boys feel connected to their teacher and to each other. This will connect them to their education.
Effective classroom instruction includes:
- Intellectual challenges that draw boys further into the lesson and engage their interests
- Hands-on learning activities with multiple opportunities for movement and play
- Time for breaks and rest so each boy can explore his own thoughts