Developing Positive Teacher-Student Relations
Research (Campbell & Campbell, ; Kuh & Hu, ) shows that student- faculty relationships are the most crucial connection within a collegiate community. Read about The Relationship Between Professor & and Graduate Students To build a strong relationship with your professors, it is useful to. Research on teacher expectations and student achievement has shown that . In fact, you can actually build positive relationships when you correct students.
Remind Johnny of the building policy of not fighting and that the rule is if anyone hits another student, he or she will be sent to the office and possibly be suspended from school.Student-Teacher Relationships as Motivators v1
Let the student know that all students are treated the same. Make sure that Johnny understands that all students must adhere to the policy and that any student who disregards the rule will suffer the consequences. Invoke an immediate and meaningful consequence. Communicate with the office about what happened and send Johnny to the office. Let the student know you are disappointed that you have to invoke a consequence to his or her action.
Tell Johnny that you are disappointed that his actions have led to this situation. Communicate an expectation that the student will do better in the future. Remind Johnny that, although you do not approve of his actions and do not like to send him or any student to the office, you like him and know that he will make a better choice next time. Also tell him that you are there to support him and work through these issues with him in the future.
In addition to your following these steps when correcting a student, it is important to keep some key philosophical precepts in mind. First of all, remember to correct the student in a private location.
Although it is not always possible to remove a student from the classroom, do your best to prevent visual access by other students as you discipline. Public correction can foster feelings of anger, embarrassment, and bitterness; it can also become a sideshow for the other students. Finally, remember to stay calm and avoid frustration.
The worst thing you can do is to invoke a consequence when you are angry or upset, as this can lead to regrettable actions on your part.
Key Philosophical Precepts When Correcting Students Correct in a private location Treat students as you want your own children treated Stay calm Avoid frustration It is also important to follow certain steps after disciplining a student. These steps are shown in Figure 1. Steps to Follow After Disciplining a Student Touch base with the student Acknowledge postdisciplinary successes Don't give up too quickly Let's go back to the example of Johnny, in which he earned an office referral because he hit Sam.
Here are some actions you could take: Touch base with the student. Follow up with Johnny after the consequence, checking to see how he's doing and simply making contact with him. The next time Johnny has difficulty with a student and handles the situation more appropriately, such as by verbalizing his displeasure rather than using his fists, be sure to acknowledge his behavior and praise him for making the right choice.
Don't give up too quickly. Finally, don't forget that some students respond negatively to positive attention. In such cases, it may appear that the student doesn't want the positive attention. What may actually be happening is a gradual change in the student's self-concept.
When students are used to getting into trouble and having negative attention, it takes a while to break this cycle. Often it is just a matter of time before the student starts to show the positive effects of this attention, so don't give up!
Students will recall how you made them feel long after they have forgotten the consequence they earned as a result of their actions.
The Importance of Building a Professional Relationship with Your Professor
College professors expect their students, especially their graduate students, to be independent, responsible, and trust-worthy adults. They expect them to do good work, participate in class, and take responsibility for their own actions and outcomes.
At the same time, professors want to be available to students to help them navigate the sometimes confusing and challenging world of graduate level academia. Most professors want their students to succeed, and are willing to do whatever they need to meet their students half-way. They typically work hard on preparing lectures, exams, and assignments, and they expect students to do their part by participating in class, studying hard, and completing their work on time and with integrity.
The following is a list of five things to do to help you develop a strong relationship with each of your graduate school professors: Be a good student in and out of the classroom. Attend all of your classes, arrive on time, participate, and complete your work with discipline and integrity.
Professors will enjoy the class more as well! They Might Help You More Willingly When a professor is familiar with a student and sees they are genuinely motivated, a professor is likely to be more apt to give this student extra help when needed.
If a student usually sits in the back of the class, streaming music online, a professor might be less likely to help them when they come begging for clarity about the midterm they just failed.
Career Questions No one knows more about the options a student has post graduation than a professional in that field, making it important for students to build a professional relationship with their professors. To get the inside information on what it is like to enter the field, and to gain insight regarding which career path suits an individual, one should consult a close, trusted professor.
Ask your professor about the employment rate and the projected job growth concerning a potential position to help make a decision. Career Path Clarity Unfortunately, many students go through school without realizing what to do after they don their graduation gown.
Students who inquire teachers about their options are more likely to know what they are doing after graduation. Networking Networking is not only reserved for students and their peers.
Chapter 1. Developing Positive Teacher-Student Relations
Professors Make Great References One of the most important aspects of a student to professor relationship is that teachers are an excellent resource when it comes to references. When students need a recommendation letter, a professional reference, or an educational reference, a trusted teacher is an excellent choice. On the contrary, if students do not make the effort to build a professional, personal relationship with a teacher, the professor might deny this request.
Professors have several classes a semester—after a few semesters or school years fly by, they might not even remember students that did not leave an impression on them.