No Series: Build Relationships: Teach More Than 'Just Math'

Build Relationships: Teach More Than 'Just Math'

Lesson Objective: Build more than just content knowledge by building relationships
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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. In what ways do we underestimate the importance of seemingly simple gestures like these?
  2. Why is important to build relationships with students?
  3. How does that help you teach your content?
  4. How do you show students that you appreciate them in your classroom?

34 Comments

  • Private message to Kellie Pembleton

Greeting students and talking to them about things that interests them or things that they are apart of is what I believe the most important thing we as teachers can do with our students. Humans need connection and interaction in order to survive and thrive. So if  we can make a simple connnection with each student daily, that could be a smile, eye contact, simple hello or "how was your weekend?, What book are you reading at the moment? Then I feel we have achieved what we as teachers are "designed" to do.  You can also learn /gauge a lot about where or what is happening with students (socially, emotionally etc) in that simple interaction... and sometimes you just might make their day!

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  • Private message to Mary Milthorpe

I think it is important to greet the students to class every morning and try to keep this as regular as possible. I also like to acknowledge students who have been away, sick or on holiday or that have something that indicates follow up later on. It is so important to develop a positive relationship with the students and this is one easy way it can be done.

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  • Private message to Shaylea Auer

In the future I plan to connect with my students as well by making sure they feel welcomed and safe in my classroom. I will encourage participation by rewarding answered questions, whether right or wrong, with words of affirmation and possibly bonus points. It is important to me that my students are engaged and active learners and that they are all comfortable talking and participating in my class.

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  • Private message to kathy Ross

I  stand in my door daily and welcome  my students.  I love to see them smile in the morning. They sometimes  come in angry very early  in the morning because  of lack. I try very hard to assure them that whatever  is wrong , we will attempt  to make it better or at least make you feel better about it. 

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  • Private message to Erin Intrabartola
We underestimate the importance of seemingly simple gestures such as "good morning." Children seek routine and feel comfort in knowing what is coming next. Within the Kindergarten class, children enjoy our morning meeting and greeting their peers.It is important to build relationships with students because educators are doing far more than teaching a curriculum. Students mirror the behaviors within their environment. We not only support students academically, but socially-emotionally as well. By teaching the content in this way, students are empathetic and caring. These characteristics of a classroom promote a positive culture of learning. I show students that I appreciate them in my classroom by taking note of changes that occur to a specific child. "How are you feeling, I noticed you were out yesterday and we really missed you!" etc.
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1500 Derby Street
Berkeley CA 94703
Population: 512

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