FOR TEACHER: IMPORTANCE OF FORMING RELATIONSHIPS IN CLASS
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Female Teacher: My opinion is that forming relationships is the key to any successful class if you don’t form relationships straight away the kids aren’t going to respond.
So at the beginning of the year, taking the time to get to know them, Umm let them get to know you a bit as well because it needs to be a to-and-fro relationship. It can’t just be you’re their teacher, you stand up, you give them information and they’re expected to take that. So, I think if you take the time, get to know them, find out what makes them tick and actually work that into your teaching, you can get a lot further during the year academically and just teaching them skills and getting them to prosper as people.
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH STUDENTS EARMARKS A GOOD TEACHER
Guidance Officer: I guess at the start of the year, especially in high-schools, every teacher feels like they have to get stuck into curriculum because they’ve got so many things that they need to pack into a very short space of time so there’s a lot of pressure on them to get that in. But what we try to bring forth and I think what many teachers have definitely got and are doing is that if you put in at least 3, 4 lessons at the sta;rt of that subject, at the start of that year, getting to know your kids and for them getting to build links with each other. It’s amazing the difference it will make as your year goes on; learning will be easier, behaviour management will be a little bit easier because there’ll a mutual respect.
MUTUAL RESPECT HAS TO EXIST BETWEEN THE TEACHER AND STUDENT FOR EFFECTIVE LEARNING
And you’re building respect as you build a relationship and it’s really important for young people, particularly teens because if you don’t build that respect, you don’t have a lot else.
Female Teacher: I have a Year 8 class at the moment and so I got out pieces of paper, handed them out “Don’t put your names on them, I want you to write a list of all the things you’re good at”. And then we scrunched them all up, we all closed our eyes and threw them around the room and the other students opened them up and we had to guess from the list of what they’re good at, who it belonged to, and some of the things that they were good at was phenomenal.
Ended up the lesson – one of the students, he’s a great rapper and not in a corny kind of way, he really is a great rapper. And he was doing raps for me and this is a student who can’t write a sentence and he writes his own, doesn’t put them on paper but he has them – he has the beat, he has the lyrics I thought, “This is amazing, this is what I can use in my class – this is how they’re going to learn” And they walk out feeling like “Yer, Ms Peters thinks we’re smart, and maybe I am smart, because if she thinks I’m smart”. So you have that level as a teacher, they look up to it so That’s definitely a big moment for me – just getting through to those kids that “You’re amazing, you just don’t realise it.