Every month one of the three innovation coaches identifies a resource from the PD Market that highlights an idea, skill or strategy that we feel is applicable to all educators, and has the potential to greatly benefit students. This month I’ve selected a resource from the American Psychological Association that takes a deep dive into what it is to create strong teacher-student relationships.

Each month, SEED Innovation Coaches will choose a resource from the PD Market to highlight as a Featured Resource. Throughout that month, you will have opportunities to participate in interactive activities and earn additional recertification contact hours. For our Back to School 2016 edition, Innovation Coach Beth Melton shares her reflections on engaging students through intentional planning of the beginning and ending of a lesson.

"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." This quote is attributed in one form or another to a variety of people including Theodore Roosevelt. However, there is little doubt that when it comes to motivating, engaging, and challenging students-- relationship matters. Explore with me the Power of Positive Regard and examine the role it plays in the interactions in your classroom.