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Julie Beck Trevor: The majority of people who were attending these events were plus years in. We both have very silly personalities, and both of us also had the commonality of working in low-income schools, so we were able to share stories and connect.

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Every class is different. Do you want to learn why your friend feels the way she does? Amy: No sidebar whispers during a faculty meeting. Do you want to change her mind? Beck: The pandemic has changed the shape of all of our relationships, and teaching has a lot to do with relationships—the relationships with your students, with their parents, and with other teachers. Finding others to bond with was really important in those beginning years. She wrote a very kind letter of reference for me for my home study.

Every situation is different. Trevor: Not to mention, I miss hugging the kids and giving them high-fives.

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Our meetings are via Zoom. Give me a boost; I need a laugh. Amy: Our district let the parents choose if they wanted to be online or in person. The elbow thing is just not as cool.

It makes me more afraid to be around people. Talking with a friend with whom you disagree about things like whether religion should be taught in schools or about whether a one-payer health care system is most judicious can lead to better understanding of the issue lissten both of you, she says. Amy: We spent the first three weeks of school testing these kids to death.

My husband and I are trying to go through the adoption process right now, and Amy has been a big part of that. That may be a reason ten move on. Note if the other person hesitates or answers in a guarded way, Nightingall says.

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We ' ll talk about your experience when we return next week.” may have been right when he said, “No matter what we talk about, we are talking about ourselves.” Best to just lizten 'Hi' with a smile, if you can't really stop to chat and listen. Beck: What support would you say teachers need right now? If the situation delves into an area where you think you ' ll find disagreement from the other. You might evolve your perspective on a topic.

Decide if you want to go there Step one is deciding whether that conversation is even worth having, Weeks says.

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Now when I get home, I have to explain to thdn husband why I need attention. Ask if they can just listen so you can get a few things off your chest. Some people love getting into complex discussions, Weeks says. In fact, students were punished for talking in class, even if the talk was academic! He will send me messages just to say good morning. We have all observed that young children listen and speak well before they.

Whether you chose e-learning or brick-and-mortar, everyone was online the first week of school. You may even happen upon some common ground the which you agree, she adds.

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It very quickly turned into IT. Ask if you can ask about it Still not sure if a topic you want to broach is too sensitive of one?

We often need to have difficult conversations about things we disagree on to reach solutions, particularly with family, partners, and close friends. Trevor: Because we were, in some instances, going against the current. And perk up your ears to emotional intensity, Heitler adds. Also, Trevor currently works at the same school as my husband, and I work at the school where he used to work.

They had just come from being isolated in their homes. You can read about it or find out about it from someone else. Matteo Trevisan, an executive coach and leadership trainer And it can deepen your personal relationships to have those conversations and come to a better understanding of the people you spend your time with. A lot of teachers who had more experience were pushing back [on our ideas].

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But perhaps too often, respect falls to the wayside and we channel our inner five-year-old-selves, rather than the cool, calm, rational adults we all can be. Why are we not taking care of the whole child instead of just a test score? I stare at a computer screen all day, full of little children who are mostly muted.

They call it brick-and-mortar here. What do you feel like you need? Did those friendships play a role in how you evolved as teachers? You might bolster your argument for why you disagree. And now our union really does focus on the recruitment of young educators. There was this old-school, caht kind of mentality.

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That was kind of the glue that kept tightening and tightening [our bond]. Amy: Not ever the same one, though.

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Julie Beck Trevor: The majority of people who were attending these events were plus years in. Amy: Trevor created a group a couple of years ago for us to share curriculum with each other.

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Beck: How did you grow your friendship to be about more than just work? If you or someone you know should be featured on The Friendship Files, get in touch at friendshipfiles theatlantic.

Sometimes we would grab a drink before. Everyone had to understand the new e-learning platform.