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Maintaining effective relationships. The extent to which the teacher gives students the sense that they are providing guidance and control both behaviorally and academically

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Maintaining effective relationships

Maintaining effective relationships

  • The extent to which the teacher gives students the sense that they are providing guidance and control both behaviorally and academically

  • The extent to which the teacher provides a sense that teacher and students are a team devoted to the well being of all participants

Two complimentary dynamics that constitute an effective teacher/student relationship:

“It does not matter how (the teacher) feels on a given day, but it does matter what he does.”


A fine line between dominance and cooperation

A fine line between dominance and cooperation

  • Actions steps split between those that communicate cooperation and those that cooperate dominance


Action steps

Action Steps

  • Know something about each student

    • Interest inventory

    • Parent-teacher conferences

    • Familiarity of local culture of students

  • Behaviors that indicate “affection”

    • Greet students with positive comments

    • Pictures of students with feelings about class

    • Take an interest in students’ extracurriculars


Action steps1

Action Steps

  • Personalize learning with student interests

    • Emphasize differences & similarities, i.e., comparing, classifying, metaphors, analogies

  • Physical Behaviors that communicate interest

    • Smile

    • Appropriate hand on shoulder for encouragement

    • Look into eyes

    • Proximity

    • Look interested


Action steps2

Action Steps

  • Humor

    • Playful banter

    • Sayings

    • Play on words

    • Jokes

    • Laugh at self and with students

  • Consistent enforcement of +/- consequences

    • Clear learning goals

    • Rules & procedures

    • Consistent application of rules & procedures

    • Actions


Action steps3

Action Steps

  • Emotional Objectivity

    • Emotions are natural & inevitable

    • Monitor your thoughts & emotions; corrective actions

    • Reframe

  • Maintain cool exterior

    • Avoid Extremes!

    • Eliminate negative behaviors

    • Substitute positive behaviors

      • Respectful tone

      • Look without staring or glaring

      • Maintain appropriate distance

      • Neutral or positive facial expressions


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