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Care: Building Relationships

Teachers who care show concern for students’ emotional and academic well-being. They develop supportive, personalized relationships with students, cultivate an emotionally safe environment, and respond consistently to students’ social, emotional, and academic learning needs. Find resources offering classroom strategies that support the practice of actively developing positive relationships with all students.
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Care: Building Relationships
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This video shows a variety of strategies in action for challenging students to learn and do more than they think they can. Featured teachers encourage students to persist in the face of challenge, embrace learning struggles, explain their thinking, and push themselves and each other toward deeper learning. Educators also demonstrate the importance of building relationships, promoting active engagement, and supporting students in taking ownership of their learning.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Why Restorative Practices Benefit All Students

    Article
    Tripod Education Partners says:
    In this brief interview, a research scientist explains the negative impact of stress and punitive disciplinary measures on students and urges teachers to use preventive restorative practices with all students. The approach described helps to foster students' self-management skills and build a greater sense of community in order to cultivate an emotionally safe learning environment.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This article offers helpful suggestions for cultivating positive teacher-student relationships within the classroom during the first week of school and beyond. The writer describes the importance of recognizing each student as an individual and provides several useful strategies that can be implemented any time to create a climate where students feel known, valued, and welcomed.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    In this video, a teacher describes and demonstrates how she uses dialogue circles to cultivate an emotionally safe learning environment and respond to students’ social and emotional needs in order to help them stay focused on achieving their full potential. The accompanying article suggests strategies for using circles to build positive relationships with and among students and foster respectful, on-task classroom behavior.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Tricks of the Trade: Classroom Management Tips for Teachers (Video Playlist)

    Article
    Tripod Education Partners says:
    The first in this series of brief videos illustrating effective classroom management strategies features a teacher who connects personally with students as they enter his classroom with a handshake, a greeting, and a review question. This daily routine helps to foster orderly, respectful behavior, build relationships, and create a climate where students feel valued, welcomed, and ready to work.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This teacher's blog post explains how she uses Talking Circles in a variety of ways to build relationships, establish a safe and respectful learning environment, and check for understanding. She describes how she establishes norms and how she uses circles weekly in her advisory meeting and during her reading instruction, in addition to using them for restorative purposes to support students in managing their behavior and being accountable to their community.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This insightful article provides an excellent overview of key elements of intrinsic motivation and explains what teachers can do to cultivate student engagement and agency. It includes strategies for designing learning experiences that promote autonomy, relatedness, competence, and relevance, which empower students to take ownership of their learning within and beyond the classroom. The author shares examples from his own ELL classroom, including engaging uses of digital technology.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This article addresses the intertwined nature of social, emotional, and academic well-being and identifies common underlying causes for defiant student behavior. It offers practical tips for de-escalating defiance in the classroom, avoiding power struggles, redirecting unproductive behavior, and minimizing distraction for other students. It explains the value of understanding individual needs influencing students' behavior and supporting them in learning prosocial and self-management skills.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This video and accompanying article explain and illustrate how morning meeting routines can help to create a safe environment for learning, including suggested structure and sample activities. Featured teachers demonstrate how they show concern for students' emotional well-being and offer helpful tips to help build rapport in the classroom.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Helping Troubled Students, One Relationship at a Time

    Article
    Tripod Education Partners says:
    This article explains the intertwined nature of social, emotional, and academic well-being and provides tips for developing supportive, personalized relationships with students in order to cultivate an emotionally and academically safe learning environment. The author grounds his suggestions in his experience working with students and colleagues, and he tells a compelling story about the value of establishing trust in promoting positive student behavior.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Building a Positive, Trusting Classroom Environment

    Article
    Tripod Education Partners says:
    This teacher blog post articulates the importance of cultivating an emotionally safe learning environment in the classroom. The author offers a few helpful strategies for developing supportive relationships with students, encouraging positive behavior, and responding to students in ways that take into account their social and emotional learning needs.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    7 Tips for Building Positive Relationships with English-Language Learners

    Article
    Tripod Education Partners says:
    In this blog post, a teacher of English Language Learners (ELLs) recommends several tips for building positive, personalized relationships with students. He describes why learning about students’ interests and background promotes engagement, and why he welcomes student input as part of the learning process. He offers a variety of easily implemented strategies for building relationships with ELLs or any students.
  • amle.org
    amle.org

    The Power of Positive Relationships

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    Tripod Education Partners says:
    This article offers general suggestions for building positive relationships with and among students and specific strategies for putting them into practice in the classroom. The list includes recommendations related to clarifying expectations, getting to know students individually, and holding their attention during instruction.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This resource describes teaching practices and strategies that promote a safe and respectful classroom culture in which all students can thrive. These practices include building positive relationships with students as well as establishing and reinforcing shared expectations for student behavior and interactions. Recommendations address the value of building community and the importance of considering student diversity along a variety of dimensions when designing the classroom environment.
  • eleducation.org
    eleducation.org

    Building a Classroom Culture of Trust and Collaboration

    5 minute read
    Tripod Education Partners says:
    This book excerpt identifies strategies for establishing a classroom culture where students feel intellectually and emotionally safe and view challenges and mistakes as opportunities for learning. It explains how building a safe learning environment is key to cultivating a growth mindset, which helps students persevere to meet learning challenges, and also to checking for understanding, which works best if students are comfortable expressing their learning struggles as well as their successes.
  • originsonline.org
    originsonline.org

    Creating Community All Day Long

    5 minute read
    Tripod Education Partners says:
    In this article, a teacher recommends several strategies for building relationships with students and inviting their input on classroom activities. She makes a good case for why investing time in developing positive relationships and building community promotes engagement and assists with classroom management, and she shares some practical strategies for doing so.
  • originsonline.org
    originsonline.org

    Social Contract, Proactive Discipline Help Science Students and their Teacher

    Article
    Tripod Education Partners says:
    In this article, a middle school science teacher explains her success in shifting from a reactive to a proactive approach to discipline and how establishing positive relationships can help to maintain a smoothly functioning classroom. Beginning the school year by surveying students about their learning needs and developing a social contract together can help to clarify expectations and create a safe, inclusive, and productive learning environment.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This collection of activities offers a variety of ways to encourage positive communications and interactions among students, which can help to create a safe and supportive learning environment for everyone. The menu includes a variety of simple community-building activities designed to build positive classroom culture, which are easy to implement with students at a range of grade levels.
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