Rita F. Pierson said in her famous TEDtalk, that “Every child deserves a champion an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” This is talking about relationships. Human connections or human relationships are key when you are an inspirational teacher. It is hard to teach children that you do not like or believe in.
As the new school year approaches, think about how you are going to develop positive relationships with the pupils you teach. To do this, you need to use a positive approach in relating with your pupils. Also, building positive relationships with children is at the heart of effective behaviour management. A strong relationship connects you to your pupils and without that connection, your ability to influence and lead them is significantly diminished.
Here are some practical ways you can use to enhance positive relationships
1. Meeting and greeting children at the door.
2. Showing an interest in them as individuals.
3. Listening to their point of view.
4. Giving responsibility to children (for example, having monitors)
5. Maintaining their dignity and self-esteem even when correcting
6. Treating them with respect.
It is common practice in education to talk about ‘delivering the curriculum’. This is misleading and influences the way many teachers teach. Learning is not something which can be ‘delivered’ as if it is an object or shopping. Learning has always occurred most naturally and therefore most effectively through interactions among people. It happens through dialogue and relationships. To be an effective inspirational teacher, you need to not only teach the formal curriculum but also social and emotional skills too. An effective teacher is a model of good behaviour. Reflect: what behaviour do you model for your pupils? Can they do as you do? Can they say as you say? Can they copy you?
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