There is an old saying that there is no such thing as a perfect teacher and student relationship. This belief is often held by teachers themselves, who have had the unfortunate experience of having a bad relationship with a student. The truth is that teachers and students do share some basic needs in common. But, there are also differences that may be present. To help you become a better teacher, here are a few tips that might help you with your classroom interactions.
Research on Teacher-Student Relationships – although teacher-student relations are commonly thought of as a central aspect of the experiences of learning and teaching, there are many questions about those relationships that either are not well understood or unanswered. A good place to start is through reading articles written about this subject matter. Also, it can benefit you to get some basic information from others who have been involved in this type of relationship for several years. This will give you some good ideas on what to do and not do in your own classroom.
Improve Communication Skills – This is one of the more important aspects of effective teacher and student relationships. Students need to feel comfortable expressing themselves to their teacher. They also need to know that the teacher is willing to listen to them and offer feedback. If they feel like you are constantly judging them and are holding back valuable information, they are probably not as interested in learning. By improving communication skills, you will be able to create a better working environment.
Establish Goals – One of the first things that students need to learn about a teacher-student relationship is that all good things take time. You should not expect too much in terms of results overnight. A good lesson plan and a system of rewards and consequences will also help you keep a balance in the process. A good plan for this type of relationship can also help with motivation, as you know where you stand with your students.
Be fair – You may be surprised to find out how much children hate being treated unfairly. In the classroom, this can lead to negative behaviors and can also make it difficult for you to have a good relationship. Keep in mind that it is normal to have a slight grudge with a student. Try to avoid yelling or hurting them verbally, but . . . . . . also be fair when it comes to other things. Such as what they ate last night or whether they made it on time for class.
It is also very important that you and your teacher-student relationship are not adversarial or antagonistic. Instead, it should be an open dialogue where you are able to get honest feedback from each other about how the interaction is going.