In terms of classroom management, it is important to develop effective relationships with students. For me, I prefer the, sit down, shut-up, get to work approach. I know this isn’t politically correct, but it is who I am and I don’t really want to waste my or my students time with pretense. Once classroom order is established, then maybe we can talk (after Thanksgiving). I made a huge mistake last year by not doing this. I lost control of my class and never got it back. I don’t plan to repeat this!
I plan to develop good relationships with students by, first establishing who is in charge (me). Students, children (and dogs) are all happier when they know who’s the boss.
An interesting weblink that explains strategies for teacher-student relationships is: