Blog 4

Building positive relationships with students

The teacher in this video, Ed Kelley, is a high school teacher and football coach. The video is part of a longer interview, but the points brought up in this segment are very valid and cut straight to the point of positive student teacher relationships. Ed discusses how his relationship with his students outside the classroom helps to increase the productivity inside the classroom.   He talks about his students getting to know him better, as well as himself getting to know his students better. This mutual relationship, from his experience, increases the motivation of the students. He also lists out the various roles that he takes on for his student. Among these were: teacher, mentor, coach, friend and parent. Ed believes that in order to succeed in any one of those roles, you have to know the students well in each of those roles.  

Building Effective Student-Teacher Relationships

This blog has much in common with the Ed Kelley interview. The same underlying goal of student achievement is present. One element that the author brought up in this blog was that of trust. This highlights again the importance of the two way relationship between the student and the teacher. The trust cannot go only one way. Another element that this blog brings to light is the importance of differentiation among student learners. The blog discuss how unique students are in the ways they learn and how getting to know a student can often reveal more about how they learn so that a teacher can better cater to their learning style.

Improving Students’ Relationships with Teachers to Provide Essential Supports for Learning

As with the blog listen above, the element of trust is of great importance to the author of this article. Again, the link between trust and academic success is made. This author goes out of their way to detail the various components of positive student teacher relationships. One of the important details in this article is under the do’s and don’ts of student teacher relationships. While my other two links cited many of the positive benefits of these relationships, this article cautions that having a positive relationship isn’t always enough to bolster student achievement.  

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