As a teacher, if you build a positive relationship with students, your students will be more likely to pay attention to you, and there will be fewer interruptions. The best way to show respect for your students and have a more controlled classroom is to make an effort to get to know your students. Improving student-teacher relationship and creating a positive classroom environment will optimize learning.
Here are a few ways, and by implementing them, your relationship with the students would be good.
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1. Get To Know Them
You can distribute an information sheet during the first class session. The sheet will ask students for their name, the name they prefer to be called, where they stay, interests or hobbies, successful experience, goals, places they have visited, part-time jobs, etc. Now, you can have them come in front of the whole class and introduce themselves. As students do this, you will have the opportunity to focus on one student at a time.
- Too often, students, especially the most marginalized, feel invisible in schools. Identifying students by quickly learning their names and correctly pronouncing them can boost their confidence. Use nicknames only if students prefer them; never create a nickname for a student, as this deprives them of the identity embedded in a name.
- You can use imaginative power to help you remember each student by associating a particular picture based on the student’s name. You can also ask follow-up questions that will allow you to get to know each student better and communicate your interest in them.
2. Give Them A Chance To Speak
One of the best ways to connect with students in the blended learning environment is to let them have an opportunity to speak up. Even when “covering the standards” seems like an overwhelming burden, you can still set aside time for each student.
Ask students what they want to learn, and offer assessment options according to the interests and needs of each student. Create opportunities for them to assess their strengths and needs and adapt their learning process accordingly.
3. Be Constant And Genuine
Children can sense fake people from a mile away, regardless of the learning environment. Show them that you understand the betterment of students and their constant education is the only goal of the professionals in the field. Be consistent in your quest for a student-centred blended learning environment.
Always be honest in your interactions with students. Think about your vision and how you can leverage different learning management systems to help ensure a thriving learning environment.
Think of fun personal experiences that will entertain students and impart a solid lesson in life. Make sure anything you share is age-appropriate, can’t be misunderstood, and doesn’t offend anyone or put you in a bad light.
- Tie as many stories as possible to the lesson plans and core curriculum instead of completely stand-alone or random anecdotes.
- After sharing your personal story, ask students if they have ever done or encountered anything similar.
Implementing these techniques might help them open up a little more to their classmates and improving student-teacher Relationship.