Taking the register is a great time to build rapport. It’s easier just to blast through the register as fast as possible so you can get to the first activity but perhaps we’re missing the point. I’ve seen great examples of teachers using the register as a hook for the lesson, taking great care to engage every child in a meaningful, but brief, way at the start of the lesson.
…I genuinely want to do business with people I like and share common ground with…
Daniel Preistley Key Person of Influence
This quote rings with truth for those of us in the education business. A person’s name is the sweetest sound to them and so taking the time to include some eye contact, praise and pleasantries when calling the register can be a great investment of your time. Making more of this time at the start of your day/lesson can really make the children feel loved and this makes a huge difference to how well they’ll learn later on. It’s good for teacher too!
So, when you call a name, look at the child, smile and say hello. This is great for a couple of reasons:
1. It helps you learn the more about the children’s moods, feelings and emotional state early in your lesson.
2. It makes the children feel valued when they get that little bit of individual attention right at the start of the lesson.
3. It makes teacher feel good too because it’s nice to connect with people and share some common ground.
A little goes a long way… make the kids feel special and they’ll achieve more than you thought possible.
Let me know how it goes.