NEA - Building Relationships with Students
Successful teachers are those that have the ability to maximise the learning potential of all students in their class. Developing positive relationships between a. Do's and Don't of Building Student Teacher Relationships . DO: Counsel families on matters such as coming up with a homework plan or establishing positive. Positive teacher student relationships not only affects academic as well as lesson plans that are, hopefully, redesigned to improve upon the.
Positive teacher-student relationships have been linked to improved engagement and motivation, as well as increased academic outcomes Gallagher, When students develop positive relationships with their teachers, as well as their peers in the classroom, that motivation leads to increased willingness to engage in classroom activities—and feel more competent while doing so.
What are the benefits of improving teacher student relationships? Positive teacher-student rapport not only affects academic outcomes, but social outcomes as well. Students who feel supported and valued by their teachers demonstrate increased self-esteem and self-efficacy Gallagher, These positive social outcomes not only impact students while in high school, but have lasting effects as they pursue higher education and careers.
In fact, positive teacher-student relationships have been linked to many characteristics that we would hope students develop: Developing rapport with your students may come naturally to you, or you may struggle to connect to each as an individual. It may be especially difficult to develop rapport at the middle and high school level where students change classes and more than students walk through your door each day. Employing a few key strategies will help you to connect with your students on a personal level.
Get to know your students as people This may seem like a given, but it does not always come naturally to us, especially when we teach many classes of students and are focused on using every minute to teach content and ensure mastery of standards.
Attend Outside Activities If you have ever attended a student activity outside of school hours, you will know that as soon as that child spots you, he or she will break out into the biggest smile ever.
Parents would tell me how their kids would come home and tell them all about Katie, Rachel, and Charlie. To this day, my own children still make a point of coming in to get to know my class.
There have been so many conversations over the years started by children who wanted to know what my kids were up to or when the next time was they would be coming to visit. One of my favorite events each year is when my students visit my house for a PTO fundraiser.
My whole family helps entertain the boys and girls, and kids start asking on the very first day when they get to visit.
Opening a window to your world humanizes teachers and helps make you much more relatable and accessible to students.
Developing Positive Teacher-Student Relations
She realized she had been doing all of the talking. As teachers we talk a lot. I know at times I monopolize the conversation. Be Real Let students see you make mistakes. They will learn more from watching how you react to a blunder than you could teach in an hour-long lesson.
This year on the first day of school we went over our expectations for being good third graders, what each student will do, say, and be, etc.
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We discussed what it meant to be trustworthy, how we earn trust, and how we can break it. I wrote the word out on chart paper and students took turns decorating it before it was hung up.
This powerful guiding word lets students know I trust them to do the right thing, their classmates trust them to do the right thing and they can all trust me. Her students, at Bakerfield Elementary in Aberdeen, Maryland, know what to expect when they get to the class. Students unpack their book bags, place homework on her round table, and gather their materials for class.
Their high-pitched laughter fills the room. Yet, when the announcements sound on the loud-speaker, they know it's time to sit down and listen. And if they're not in their seats?
Dos & Don'ts for Positive Student Relationships
Rather than yell to get their attention, Lynch calls out a familiar tune. Lynch, a second-year teacher, attributes the orderly behavior of her class to the culture she creates through the positive relationships she's built in the classroom. She's done this by being clear about her expectations of all students she treats them equally and by enforcing classroom rules in positive ways in this case, by playfully calling out a familiar tune. Teachers can build relationships with students in many ways.