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Fostering Effective Relationships


Winning Students Over

Personal contacts with students
  • Foster positive relationships.
  • Greet students at the classroom door.
  • Be polite.
  • Model good manners.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Treat students with respect and kindness.
  • Seek and meet in hallways.
  • Start conversations with individual students.
  • Write regularly to each student.
  • Make no corrections; students simply answer your questions and ask questions.
Attend your students’ extracurricular activities
  • Watch intramural games.
  • Go to an event at or away from the school.
  • Interact with students at recess or on a field trip.
Display student work
  • Create bulletin boards to display outside classroom.
  • Ask for students’ work for models.
  • Send students to show their work to another class with school leaders, other teachers and visitors.
Explore students’ interests and demonstrate a sincere interest in students as individuals
  • Be sincere, truthful and honest.
  • Give out a student interest survey.
  • Engage in student conversations.
  • Interact with parents and guardians regularly.
Adapt curriculum
  • Differentiate lessons to meet the learning needs of every student.
  • Foster student understanding of the link between the activity and the intended learning outcomes.
Create an inviting atmosphere and establish a positive accepting atmosphere
  • Greet students at the door.
  • Use politeness.
  • Encourage students by using specific praise.
  • Show dignity and respect for students by both modelling and displaying posters, rules and so on.
  • Decorate the classroom (bright colours, posters, displays).
  • Create a quiet zone (rugged area, table at back and so on).
  • Create a place to store individual materials (sense of ownership).
  • Create, teach and reinforce behaviour and cleanup rules to keep your classroom a positive (and safe) place to be.
  • Create centres, for example, a writing area, a problem-solving area, a listening center and a viewing corner.
  • Have students create displays.
  • Display students’ work, pictures, writing and so on respecting FOIP.
  • Choose apps, books, magazines, kits and games of interest to students.
Have positive expectations of students
  • Post rules in classroom.
  • Have no more than five rules; keep them short, simple and positively written (that is, instead of “Do not be late,” write “Be punctual”).
  • Ensure that students understand the rules.
Promote students’ input into establishing class rules and consequences
  • Solicit feedback from students.
  • Build positive consequences into the program.
Be on the alert
  • Especially during transition periods.
  • Use ‘sponge’ activities when transitioning between activities.
Make clear and explicit expectations about acceptable behaviour
  • Be consistent.
  • Be fair and firm.
Establish consistency regarding rules, assignments and so on
  • Ensure consequences are equitable and logical.
  • Ensure the consequence is a measured response to the misbehaviour.