Relationship building built on trust and mutual respect: A classroom teacher's challenge.
Abstract: Relationship building is an intriguing, yet tricky concept. Some people make friends easily, some people are naturally talkative and friendly, others are more tentative and introverted thus have great difficulty making friends. For teachers, relationship building is a constant challenge. Each day teachers interact with students who possess multiple personalities (i.e. introvert, extrovert, combative, athletic, artistic, etc.), and each carry with them their own unique challenges. The teacher must direct this plethora of personalities toward a common learning goal. The importance of building relationships based on trust and mutual respect cannot be over stated, unfortunately many teachers have no idea where to start. Too many teachers believe building this relationship seems like an overwhelming and daunting task, by doing so they miss a golden opportunity to impact a student’s life forever. So how do teachers build relationships based on trust and mutual respect? The first step is to break this task down into its simplest terms. Teachers are relationship builders at heart. Do what you do best and ask questions! Use the answers you receive from your students to create the foundation of your relationships.