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Hey there, teachers! Want to know the secret to a thriving classroom? It’s all about building strong relationships with your students and their families. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the importance of fostering strong connections, provide practical tips, and share strategies to boost student engagement and create lasting family connections. Don’t miss out on exclusive freebies – join the email list today!

Be Their Champion

As a teacher, you undoubtedly spend a lot of time with your students, sometimes even more than their parents do. That’s why being their champion and showing that you care is so important. To that end, listen to Rita Pierson’s “Every Kid Needs a Champion,” TED Talk for inspiration. It literally gives me chilld every single time! In particular, building strong relationships sets the foundation for a successful school year. By nurturing these connections, teachers can inspire their students to excel and significantly minimize behavior issues. Get ready to be your students’ number one fan!

Get to Know Their Needs

Another way to build strong relationships is by getting to know your students’ needs. Ask them what they want in a teacher and make an anchor chart with their answers. This not only gives you insight into their values but also serves as an instructional tool.

As it happens, here’s an example of a chart from A Grace-Filled Classroom where she shares ideas to get to know your students.

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See Their Rainbow

Of course, you can never underestimate the importance of making lessons engaging and interactive. When students are interested, they’re more likely to learn and succeed. However, it’s not always easy to connect to people who are culturally different from one’s self. As for me, I was inspired by Chris Emdin’s eye-opening talk, “Teaching and Being Rachetdemic.” He empathetically highlights how capitalizing the experiences of students from different backgrounds will indeed engage students and build relationships. 

Dr. Emdin speaks about a belief he held about rainbows when he was a child. He shares that he didn’t believe that they formed over the part of town in which he lived. Basically, he sadly thought they were too good for where he was from. He urges educators to challenge negative stereotypes and see students’ brilliance in a different light. 

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Connect with Their Families

Likewise, connecting with families is as important as connecting with your students. Establish clear communication channels with parents and keep them updated on what’s happening in your classroom. Make sure to give frequent positive feedback and respond promptly to any concerns. Don’t forget to celebrate the small wins with parents!

Make frequent POSITIVE contact! It doesn’t have to be particularly huge compliments on major achievements. The little day-to-day brags go a long way in building strong relationships.  

Making Time to Connect

One thing that we’ve started at my school is having a work session to make positive parent contact. It’s so easy for those outside of the classroom to add to the never-ending list of tasks for teachers to do. We’ve incorporated this into our PLC time and we’ve had a wonderful response from both teachers and parents! Building strong relationships with students and families is part of our collective mission.

Contact logs also help you ensure that no student and no parent misses out on the positive communication. If you don’t have time (or willpower🤣) to make a contact log, I’ve got you covered! You can grab a free digital log now!

Teaching is Heart Work

Teaching is more than a job; it is a heartfelt commitment. Despite the challenges teachers face, the rewards are immeasurable. Teachers who focus on fostering relationships and creating a classroom community where students feel safe, empowered, and encouraged to take risks are those who make the largest impact. When you form strong connections with your students, you create an amazing school year filled with growth and learning.

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Fostering Connections

Building strong relationships in the classroom is the key to success. By fostering student engagement and establishing strong connections with families, you can create a supportive and inspiring learning environment. Remember, when students know their teacher genuinely cares for them, their potential for growth and success is boundless.

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7 Responses

  1. I love being my students number 1 fan! It is hard work but you are correct. Connections between teachers and students and families can make or break a school year! I also absolutely love the video you shared of Rita Pierson. I have seen this video a number of times but it always gives me the chills! I also very much apprecaite the free digital log! Thank you so much for everything!

    Warmly,

    Mrs. M.

  2. Hi everyone! I am getting my degree in education. Does anyone have any notes or hints for me? The kicker is I’m changing fields from management (at a grocery store) to working in an elementary school. I’m 37 years old. Thanks everyone

  3. I love to be my students’ champion! I always try my best to take the time to show my students that I care about them from the very start of the school year. My school is big on building classroom culture before focusing on the curriculum, and it does make a big difference in students’ interest and motivation throughout the year. Thank you!

  4. Hello! Thank you so much for sharing these advices. I agree with you that teaching is more than just a job. I think that to teach, it requires the skills of forming connections with students and helping them in their academic in the process. I believe in the idea of getting to know your students on an individual level because this will help you better understand your students and know what to look out for when you are teaching.

  5. Hello everyone! I really appreciate these strategies and advices that are given to help teachers build better relationships with their students. There are a few things that I can agree on in this post. I think that being a teacher is just a job and that it is more than that. The impacts that teachers can make in a student’s life is phenomenal. We all have teachers in our lives that has made an impact on us. This is why many of us decided to go into teaching. Being a teacher is about touching students and helping them in their journey to become an individual learner and not only focused on academic. Teachers should continue to create stronger relationships with their students to ensure that they are creating life long learners.

  6. I LOVE that video of Rita Pierson! I have been shown that since I was in a teacher prep program in high school and have listened to it countless times since then! I am now in my 3rd year of teaching. I love the free resources you provide here and you pointed out so many great ways to build relationships. I really liked how you pointed out that teaching is not just a job, it is a commitment to the heart because we build those relationships and find love for our students each and every year.

  7. Thanks for your blog! Building strong relationships with students is the cornerstone of effective teaching. It creates a supportive learning environment where trust and connection thrive, empowering students to engage, learn, and flourish both academically and personally!

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