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Building Relationships with Learners in Advisory

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Meet the Maker

Nicole Huguenin, Director of Arts Integration and Play

What is your most used emoji?
A heart emoji! I think it conveys so many things: love, caring, empathy and joy.

What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
I ate part of a sea slug in Aitutaki in the Cook Islands. It tasted as you’d imagine a cooked sea slug would taste. My stomach didn’t feel so great afterwards but I was glad that I tried it. 

What brings you joy?
I love seeing little kids learn how to navigate new things. For example, my friend and I built a mud kitchen for a 13 month old little girl. When we showed it to her, she picked up a spoon, started stirring it in a pot, and said, “Num!” Kids amaze me!

I chose to do this Making Magic on building relationships with learners in Advisory because our kids have experienced such a lack of social connectedness during this pandemic. In advisory, learners and facilitators can create a safe place to share, learn, and build strong relationships.

This Week’s Focus

Driving Question

How can we build relationships with our learners in advisory to support their social-emotional and academic growth?

The focus this week is to show the value of building relationships with learners through Advisory. When facilitators and learners create safety in advisory, this transfers to their collaborative work in their projects. Kids are more likely to take risks, share ideas and enjoy Project Based Learning when this is established.


Empathy Maps: A tool for facilitators to connect with their learners.

Link to Article: How to Use Empathy Maps

Link to Template: Empathy Map Template


5 Ways to Incorporate SEL in Middle School
Paper Tweets Build SEL Skills

More Magic

Energizers and Brain Breaks to Build Classroom Community


Supporting Personalized Learning Through Advisory

Being Makers

Being Makers

Being Makers is a team of change-making leaders from Maker Learning Network and iLEAD Schools focused on project-based learning and social-emotional growth.
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