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Find "The Responsive Classroom" online. The Northeast Foundation for Children publishes many books and resources for building positive relationships in classrooms. As a classroom teacher and as a teacher educator, I have found their resources to be extremely supportive. They have some great videos on Youtube of teachers in action.
You are like the manger of a baseball team! You set the tone through your interactions with the players and ability to model respect, kindness, and empathy. Start from day 1 with activities that build relationships with and among your students.
The educator's role is to set the tone and structure of the class learning pace and fluidity of transitions.
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