As a school psychologist or school counselor, your relationships with teacher are one of the most important factors in effectively supporting struggling students. I need their patience with getting behavior plans implemented. I need their confidence that the plans will work. I need their mindfulness to carryover strategies into the classroom. I need their grace with difficult parents. I need knowing nods when days did not go according to the intervention plan.
That’s a lot of things that I need to do my job well.
To get all this, it’s on me to strategically establish those relationships. To do that, I focus on transparency, responsiveness, communication, and respect. Plainly, I give my time, bake tasty treats, mention a teacher’s efforts to my principal, supervise recess, and listen.