The first step towards building a positive classroom culture is developing strong relationships with students. But this can be easier said than done! The first step is to be genuinely curious about your students. Communicate that you value them and want to get to know them. Through these genuine interactions, relationships will soon form.
It’s important that students know you're there to help them achieve their goals. As you watch this video about building student-advisor relationships, think about which lessons you could apply to your own classroom.
Ask for Feedback
As teachers, we spend a lot of time giving our students feedback. But we rarely ask them to give us feedback. Watch how Sean McComb uses focus groups to gather students’ feedback on his teaching. Think about how this practice helps to build relationships between students and teachers.