Kneeling Down and Keeping it Private
Whenever you speak to kids whether it be at their desk, in the hallway, or wherever… Try to get to their eye level. As a school leader you don’t want to be viewed as a dictator and one of the simplest ways to connect with the students in your building is to get at their eye level. This is important at any and all levels of education.
Keeping it private means taking the effort to walk over and quietly address things as much as possible. Yelling or speaking more than just a child’s name over a few others immediately puts yourself at risk of a power struggle and could embarrass. There are moments and times for that, don’t get me wrong, but your practice should be to keep it private.