Building Relationships Improves Students Productivity & Learning
In an article about developing positive and exclusive relationships with students Mark & Christine Boynton state that these relationships helps reduce anxiety, unwanted behaviors, high engagement, and an healthy learning environment. The book is called Educator's Guide to Preventing and Solving Discipline Problems and it gives educators some effective to do's in other to create and maintain a positive learning environment for kids. As an educator I have seen teachers struggle with classroom management and I have noticed that even my own struggle came from the lack of time spent in building positive relationships with my students. One thing I value is positive praise and treating all students equally. If any student feel as if they are treated differently they will let you know how upset they are whether it is through their behavior or shut-down. In this reading it state that you should be calling-on students equally and telling all students they have the ability to do well. Lastly, I found it very helpful when the authors spoke about the way teacher correct students. We do not want to embarrass our students in front of others but we do want to make sure we correct behavior is they are not positive. If correction is none-behavior we want to be careful how we address. This means our language and tone of voice.
Students taking ownership of their learning experiences, while sitting at a table or presenting their work to teacher(s) and parents/family. At the Boston Renaissance we have student led conferences twice in the year. This allows for students to take pride of the work they have done and show their best work in all areas of learning. An article on Edutopia.org explains how student-led conferences explains are set-up and led. In this article we learn that these conferences not just helps build stronger relationships with both student- teacher and parent- teachers but it outs students on "the drivers seat of their parent-teacher conferences creating opportunities for reflection, engagement, and agency". These conferences are a great way to collaborate with parents and show them their students progress.
Show You Care & Treat all Students Equally
I cannot stop watching this video! This is a great TedTalk I was introduced to in one of Gina's course where Rita Pierson talks the truth!
Family- School Positive Relationships
Teachers are students second most important person (besides their parents), it is highly important for parents to build relationships with teachers. On pbs.org webpage we can find an article on Parent-Teacher Partnership and how it contributes to child's school success. Professor Diane Levin, Ph.D. from Wheelock College advises, "A positive parent-teacher relationship helps your child feel good about school and be successful in school". The article goes on by explain that Levin's study show that positive relationships between parents and teachers demonstrates to students that they can also trust their teachers.