Students need to feel connected to the adults in their school environment. The more connected they feel the greater the positive impact this has on everything from academics to social and emotional behavior.
So how do we do this?
The 3-6-9 Rule that I developed and deliver to every school community that I work in will help you. Teach it to every adult member of your school community and ask for committed practice of the 3-6-9 Rule from everyone on the team.
When walking across the campus or standing in the hallways or office areas…
3 – Look up, smile and say hello to every person who passes within 3 feet (1 metre) of you.
6 – Look up, smile and nod at every person that passes within 6 feet (2 metres) of you.
9- Look up and nod at every person that passes within 9 feet (3 metres) of you.
Let every adult on the campus know how important they are in the lives of students. Their connection on any given day and at any given moment could be what makes that students day! Invite everyone to have fun with this. Make it a game to see how many students you can connect with during the day. And of course, if you know their name use it! Students love to be acknowledged by their names!!