How is everyone today? (I am not sure how I will get the answer to that, with this being a blog and all.)
In this post I will provide you with a list of five ideas to keep in mind when trying to build strong, healthy, and empowering teacher-student relationships.
The following list has been devised after reading several research articles and then consulting with a handful of experienced EFL teachers to get their opinions on the matter.
Josh’s Tips For Supporting Great Teacher-Student Relationships!
1. Build trust: Building trust can be done by listening to your students, being honest with your students, and being fair to your students.
2. Provide a culture of support: Providing a culture of support is very important. You need to support your students' growth, teach your students to support each other’s growth, and let your students help your growth.
3. Provide a source of positive input: For many students the teacher is their only source of positive input and reinforcement. It is your job to provide a source of positivity and encouragement for your students.
4. You need to care: If your student is falling behind – care! If your student can’t tie his/her shoes – care! If your student seems upset or worried – care! If your content is boring – care! If your student can’t afford lunch – care! (If you don’t’ care, they won’t care – simple as that!)
5. Provide stability: Of course classrooms and learning environments should be dynamic, but they also need to have a certain amount of stability. Keep your emotions in check, keep incentives and ‘punishments’ consistent, and set rules for the class that everyone can agree upon.
If you have any ideas that you would like to share feel free to post them in the comments section.
Have a great day,
Keep English Real!