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.
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. 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.