How to build a lasting bond with your students
How that newfound trust will affect their performance in the classroom
One of the most important parts of teaching is building a connection with your students that will encourage them and support them on their learning journey. More than being an effective public speaker and a dedicated teacher with expertise on your coursework, making an effort to really build a channel of dialogue and openness with your students is integral to their trust and performance in the classroom.
If you’re looking for a few tips on how to establish this trust, check out these tips below:
1. Protect Self-Esteem:
Whether it’s elementary, middle, or high school, students are constantly under fire for their appearance, performance, and social skills. It’s a time in their lives where their self-esteem is smashed to pieces on a daily basis. As a teacher, it’s important to ensure all of your students are being encouraged, regardless of their learning or participation style. The last thing you should do is criticize them in front of their peers and humiliate them. Do whatever you can to preserve student dignity.
If you feel you have something important to tell them, wait until after class.
2. Reward For Good Behavior:
Too many times today, we see teachers letting the good moments pass them, silently letting the students complete their projects and focusing on other tasks at hand. Students only get teacher’s attention from disruptions or bad behavior. The next time your students are diligently participating in class and behaving, be sure to let them know they are doing a good job and that you appreciate it. Give them a reward, a pat on the back, or some encouraging words that will inspire them to keep the good behavior going.
Too many teachers assume that 13-year-olds have nothing good, insightful, or interesting to share with them. They take a superior position from the get-go, and let that dominance roll downhill, intimidating and belittling students regularly. If a student raises a topic of concern, a rule, regulation, or even theory to you, listen to them. Make them feel welcome to share their thoughts and opinions with you. Show them value for their thoughts and let them know that no suggestion is a bad suggestion. This kind of openness will encourage them to share their ideas and aspirations more regularly.
Millions of students every single year may know the answer to a question raised in class but don’t have the confidence or trust in their peers or teacher to raise their hand. As a teacher, if you go out of your way to reward your students, let them know they are performing excellently, and open up a channel of communication they can utilize whenever you want, you will notice the development of a newfound trust on every level. The more trusting students are of you, the more they will feel confident to share their ideas, innovations, and imagination with you and their peers.