A positive student and teacher relationship is crucial and highly beneficial for a positive education experience. A happy student is more motivated towards learning and produces better results while competing in a healthy environment. A positive relationship with the teacher has a lasting effect on the minds of the students and they tend to have a more secure and confident mindset.
Every child is different and has different psychology. Hence, teaching and tackling every single one of them requires a deep understanding of their preferences and mindsets. This is why child psychology and pedagogy are stressed during teachers’ training in the best schools in Kerala. If you are a teacher and are looking for some tips to improve your relationship with your students, we recommend taking a thorough read of the following post.
Tips for Improving Teacher-Student Relationships
Here, we are going to share some tips to establish and nurture better, stronger and happy relationships between students and teachers.
Know your students
Taking proper names and memorizing them is the key to effective conversations at all ages. When you are interacting with students, you must ask for their names and how you can address them, if you are dealing with preschoolers and nursery students. You must memorize their names as well. Further, it is important to value cultural diversity and memorize their names with the correct pronunciation.
Students, especially kids of small ages value these things and for preschoolers, their names are one of the most important things they can share with you. Further, when you remember your students’ names every time you meet them, you send a signal that you are making an effort to remember them and this makes them feel valued.
Organize activities that represent them distinctly
You must organize activities in your class from time to time that vary from the ones required for curricular assessment. Ask them to prepare something that represents their culture, ethnicities or personal preferences. These activities will encourage them to share the information linked to them and you, as a teacher can also identify the strengths of every single student.
One of the major hurdles teachers have to cross to establish strong relations with their students is engaging them in fruitful communication. And, the best way to overcome this hurdle is, engaging them in dialogues. Whenever they are interacting with you, try to engage them in a dialogue and instead of ending, present your dialogue as a question that leads to an engaging talk.
For example, suppose you are teaching Grade 5 kids and there is a new student that has been facing a hard time making some friends even after 2 weeks. You can form groups of students in your class and include him in a group with more active students.
Once the activity is over, you can ask the new student to present the results and then start him questioning about the same. You can also ask him which one of the group members he was able to relate to more and which group member proceeded with the activity in the same manner as him, etc. Another way of engaging in a fruitful dialogue is to call everyone one by one and do a personal interaction session in front of the whole class.
Be enthusiastic about class sessions every day
While as an adult you might have hard days and easy days, as an educator, you can never be dull or demotivated. A teacher has to take care that every day of his school life is full of vigour and life and when he or she comes to the class, the students should get ‘infected’ from that enthusiasm and excitement. Treat every new concept as a new exciting educational milestone and come up with out of the box ways to make teaching more and more exciting and engaging.
Thrashing, beating, derogation and humiliation can cause irreparable damages
School students are very tender and might get damaged from public thrashing and humiliation. Not every child is as sensitive as the previous line suggests and not every child is as strong to take everything casually. So, refrain from making fun of the students in the class, no matter what. Many teachers have this notion that public shaming can sometimes ignite the hidden potential and also urge the students to perform even better. But, this is not a commendable way to boost any student and can do more harm than welfare.
Don’t play favourites
As a teacher, it is your most important duty to teach every student equally and treat all of them fairly. An unbiased teacher promotes healthy competition in the class and encourages the students to learn how to value fair competition in life.
Some other important things that teachers can do to cultivate better relations with their students:
- Encourage a supportive class environment
- Encourage questioning
- Share personal experiences
- Offer individual attention and support as and when required
This brings us to the end of our discussion. While the discussion regarding teacher-student relationships can continue endlessly, we hope that the tips shared here ring a bell with all the teachers and educators reading this post. We also hope that teachers that are new in the profession and are still looking for valuable advice, can find the post helpful.
Thanks for reading!