It’s the start of a new school year! Consider these tips as you work with students to build strong and effective relationships.
Before problems arise:
- Get to know your students. This will help you anticipate problem situations.
- Show courtesy to every student and display trust and confidence in each one.
- Teaching strategies reinforce your mutually respectful relationship with your students.
- Give clear directions.
- Make learning interesting and relevant to the students’ lives.
- Establish no more than five classroom rules and be sure to consistently enforce them.
- Be fully prepared.
- Begin class on time and in a businesslike manner.
- Let the students know you care. Show interest in what students say, whether or not it pertains directly to the lesson.
- Keep your voice at a normal level.
- Grade assignments and return them as soon as possible.
- Make sure all students can easily see you when you are presenting information. Place screens and instructional displays where everyone can see.
- Diversion and restructuring are great tools. When one activity has gone too long, students get bored and restless. An alert educator anticipates trouble and changes her/his strategy even if it requires some flexibility in scheduling.
- When doing group work, intentionally group students to avoid conflict or troublemaking.
- Provide hurdle help when a student is stuck on a task or concept. Try providing an explanation or a “hint” that enables the student to move forward.