How To Develop Healthy Relationships With Your Students
Healthy relationships have various qualities. Some of these qualities include trust, compassion, listening, and setting boundaries. Cultivating a healthy relationship with your students can make learning better for teachers and students.
Here are a few ways to make sure you can build relationships with your students built on a foundation of trust, meaning, kindness, and respect.
Healthy relationships require boundaries, and this is especially true when it comes to teacher-student relationships.
Your students need to know how and when they are allowed to contact you outside of class. Students shouldn’t invade your personal time away from work or at home with your family.
According to iTeach, a school email or other designated method of communication is best for talking with students outside of the classroom. Students should not have your personal cell phone number, so they feel free to call or text at all hours. Also, this is when things can get too personal and can set both teachers and students up for future consequences. This kind of behavior is not necessary and can damage the student and teacher relationship. It can also create a dependency that isn’t healthy.
Take an Interest in Your Students
Teaching is a career that requires ongoing and building relationships. Taking a sincere interest in your students can go a long way in building a healthy connection because it shows you care. You can create trust, and you will also develop compassion for your classroom as you learn more about your students’ lives.
Create activities where students can practice skills to reveal information about who they are and what they like to do. Make sure to take time to ask open-ended questions so they know you see them as individuals. It’s easier for students to work and learn with someone who cares about them.
Don’t Take Behavior Personally
It’s important to understand that students may do or say things that you don’t like. They may act out in ways specifically meant to upset you. According to CPI, the sooner you learn not to take their actions personally, the faster your relationships will get back on track with students. Make classroom rules clear for appropriate behavior, and let your students know the consequences for not following them. However, when a student steps out of line, follow your guidelines without taking their behavior to heart. Students will often act out when they feel safe with someone, so you may see reactions because a child views you as a person who won’t walk away when they have trouble.
Your relationships with your students are a significant factor in creating a positive and healthy learning environment. By developing healthy relationships, you can create a positive and safe space to learn and grow.
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