Building Relationships with Secondary Students

Melissa’s Thoughts

In Melissa’s classroom, she provides praise, learns about her students as learners, and gives support and choice. When we teachers learn more about our students as people, we will better adjust our teaching methods. Building relationships betters our class in every way! She also includes helpful ideas for documenting interactions with students.

Lauralee’s Ideas

With high school students, Lauralee starts with small gestures. To gain student trust, she connects on various levels and aims to reach students as young adults. For instance, through literature, media, and community, she connects with students. Additionally, she reaches out to others in the school to connect with every student.

Building authentic relationships with secondary students is a cornerstone of strong classroom management.

Building authentic relationships with secondary students is a cornerstone of strong classroom management. With intentional and honest interactions, you will have a strong classroom community.

If you’re looking for additional ideas about student relationships, check out our ideas for communicating with parents.

Comments (1):

  1. Tamiflu

    September 11, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    So after I being fired up by the Model Schools Conference, I planned for the new school year with a focus primarily on building relationships first. My whole first week was devoted to getting to know my students, and I intentionally set up systems to continuously build those relationships throughout the school year.

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