Positive teacher-student relationships enable students to develop emotionally and socially, thus allowing the teacher manage their classroom better. A successful teacher is the one who can make the most use of their student’s learning potential. Establishing positive relationships between the teacher and student is the significant feature of excellent teaching and student learning. In the first series, we discussed the importance of positive teacher-student relationship in the learning process. This series will discuss different ways teachers can establish positive relationships with their learners.
Know your student lives out of the classroom
Try to know your learners not only as students but as individuals. Discover their other interests. Start conversations about sports, after school jobs, their role models, where they love going, or the television shows they love to watch. As you speak to them, they will realize you are not only their teacher but a person who is genuinely concerned about them.
You can also contact their families for more information about the learners; you will be surprised how much they would be willing to share with you. Parents love to talk about their children in details. You can talk to families, either on the phone or face to face, as a quick way to further get to know your learners.
When you know more about them based on their responses, try to talk to the student’s one on one about things you know they enjoy. Know the learners in a non-academic way. This makes students feel appreciated and important.
Create time for the learner to know you not only as their teacher but the “real” you; a person who enjoys similar television shows and loves going to the same places they like. When talking to students, share a little information about yourself.
However, as a teacher, you should avoid having favorites.
Listen to learners
Students like to think that they have some control of what happens in the classroom. If a teacher openly receives his/her learner’s feedback, this can result in improved respect among students. If a student has a genuine concern about an assignment, school rules or disciplinary policy, they can discuss it with their teacher. The teacher can then make the necessary improvements where applicable.
Taking time to listen to learner’s concerns shows that you care about them and value their ideas.
Do you remember putting more effort in a given subject or not being mischievous because you liked a particular teacher? That teacher was cool (well, according to you). As a teacher, your objective is to control your class for effective teaching-learning. If you can achieve that, then being “cool” is a great attribute.
Teachers become cool by establishing great relationships with their learners by handling them the way they like being handled. Simply put, even students desire to be treated with respect. Approaching your students the wrong way about their shortcomings will only frustrate them and make them rebel. Providing positive reinforcement, complimenting them on their achievements, smiling and listening to their problems will help you gain their trust as well as create friendships.
Try To Be Friendly On Good Days
In most cases, teachers will interact with their students when there is an interruption in the learning process. When students are listening keenly, doing their assignments on time and well behaved, teachers quietly accept the situation and enjoy the reprieve from having to amend bad behavior. This is usually the best time to establish a relationship by acknowledging the student’s good behavior.
Praise your students in public but correct them privately.
Praise is an important aspect of behavior management in learners, especially challenging students. Correcting a student in front of his/her classmates can make them feel embarrassed, and they may not take the correction positively. This may not be because of being amended, but how it is done.
Correcting students publicly can bring about feelings of resentment and anger and can undo any positive relationship a teacher has developed with the students over time.
When it’s not possible to get the student out of the classroom for correction, a teacher should try all they can to rectify the learner away from the full view of the rest of the class members. Avoid the urge to show the student as an example to the others.
The above tips are just some of the ways a teacher can establish a positive relationship with their students. By setting realistic expectations, implementing classroom rules and always making an attempt to know who they are away from class, will show you care about your students. Positive teacher-student relationships play a vital role in the way learners perform academically. They also make the teaching-learning process in class a lot easier.
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