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Volume 11 | Issue 11 | February 11, 2016
Relationships are not incidental: they are central to what happens in the classroom. Last fall, an episode of the Hidden Brain podcast shared research demonstrating the effects positive teacher-student connections can have. For example, sharing the results of a simple survey of teachers and students to find common interests prompted students—especially minorities—to perform better in class. This issue of ASCD Express shares research-based and teacher-tested techniques for building the bonds that buoy everything in schools.
Christopher Pugliese and Eran Magen
The goodwill between teachers and students is like a bank account. Keep the balance high by making frequent deposits, timing withdrawals carefully and economically, and refilling relational accounts well before they draw down.
Jonte' C. Taylor
How you establish, communicate, support, and enforce expectations, whether behavioral or academic, creates the frame upon which student relationships take shape.
For new teachers, balancing student relationships and classroom management can feel more like a riddle than a natural habit.
In a back-to-school address, 5th grader Diego Brown affirms how his effort, performance, and feelings are directly tied to his relationships with teachers and staff at El Marino Language School in Culver City, California.
Respecting student autonomy through small gestures builds the trust that encourages students to take ownership of their choices and their learning.
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