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One of the most important tasks of a teacher is to make sure they're creating a classroom environment where their students feel safe and confident, so that the maximum amount of learning can take place.  One crucial component of building this type of environment is ensuring that students feel comfortable with the people they're surrounded with, both fellow students and school faculty.  One of the best ways to accomplish this is to try to work in as many 'get to know you' activites to the lesson plans as possible, especially at the start of a new school year.  As a substiute, you're in a unique situation that involves having to create that level of trust in each new classroom you enter.  To help get you thinking about how to get to know the kids in the class you're subbing for, and how to help them to get to know you, this week's blog shares an article from www.educationworld.com with some activities to do just that.  As we kick off the new school year, these would be great ideas to incorporate into your day to help students get to know each other, and to use throughout the year to help each of the classes of students you work with get to know you, maximizing your effectiveness as a substitute.  Leave a comment and let us know about some of the positive experiences you've had as a result of making an effort to build a connection with your students!