Module 2 Relationships

About this module

This module builds positive relationships between staff and students so students feel connected. They are then more likely to succeed and thrive in their school environment.

Encouraging positive behaviour through relationships

The importance of good teacher-student relationships

Positive professional relationships with students (and their parents/carers) are fundamental to effective behaviour management and communication.

Consider the following quote:

“The studies show that the best teacher-student relationships form when the teacher gives strong guidance, and shows clear purpose as well as concern for the needs of others and a desire to work as a team.” (Marzano et al, 2003, as cited in Grattan Institute 2017, p. 22)

The 2x10 strategy

The 2×10 strategy is simple: spend 2 minutes per day for 10 days in a row talking with an at-risk student about anything she or he wants to talk about.

Students who seemingly deserve the most punitive consequences are the ones who most need a positive connection. They need that positive connection before they can focus on learning content.

Positive greeting at the door

Research indicates that having positive greeting door strategy produced significant improvements in academic engaged time and reductions in disruptive behaviour. Teachers indicated that positive door greetings are feasible, reasonable and acceptable as a strategy for welcoming students into the classroom, get students ready to learn and gauge student behaviour.

The main features of the positive door greeting procedures include:

  • positive verbal or non-verbal interactions with students as they enter the classroom to establish a positive climate and provide behaviour specific praise,
  • pre-corrective statements to prevent inappropriate behaviour, and
  • prompts delivered to the entire class to attend to the class activity schedule and remind them of the time when learning will begin.

Teachers develop positive door greetings that they are comfortable with participating in, for example, saying hello to each student and using their name or friendly comment.

Module wrap up

The teacher-student relationship is the fundamental element of classroom climate.

  • Use verbal and non-verbal prompts.
  • Take opportunities to get to know the students and how they learn.
  • Relate to students in a calm, firm and fair manner.
  • Model the interaction you expect.

Remember: positive relationships make behaviour management easier.

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